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Show how Dickens uses the character of Scrooge to influence his readers' attitude to the poor of Victorian England.

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A Christmas Carol - 'Ebenezer Scrooge Man of People' Show how Dickens uses the character of Scrooge to influence his readers' attitude to the poor of Victorian England. Dickens uses the character of Scrooge to influence his readers' attitude to the poor of Victorian England by making Scrooge a rude, nasty and tight character, who is very rich but won't give anything to the poor. "A tight-fisted, covetous old sinner" Dickens uses Scrooge to portray the rich Victorians and their attitude towards the poor. Scrooge is the typical, but a bit exaggerated, rich person of the Victorian era. Dickens was very against the poor being mistreated and hated the workhouse and the Poor Law. The workhouse was an institution for the very poor or very ill. When someone went into the workhouse they lost all voting rights, got little food, and were made to work long hours doing jobs like stone breaking. Charles Dickens hated these places and wanted to get rid of them. ...read more.

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Ebenezer Scrooge won't give the clerk any coals for his fire "The clerks' fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal" Darkness is cheap and Scrooge liked it. Scrooge paid his clerk very little money and would not give him any time off work, not even at Christmas." You'll want all day tomorrow, I suppose? ... You don't think me ill used, when I pay a day's wages for no work." In Staves II to IV, three ghosts come to Scrooge; one for Christmas past, one for Christmas present and one for Christmas future. They come to tell and show Scrooge about his life. They show what Scrooge has done and how he has behaved. They say that things must change or some bad things will happen. Like when he dies no-one will care and his possessions will be stolen. Also they tell him what people think of him and that if he continues not to pay the clerk properly then Tim will die. ...read more.

Conclusion

dies due to the fact that he didn't have any food. Scrooge has changed and is no longer tight with his money. He takes the first opportunity to put it right. A boy walks past, "My fine fellow... an intelligent boy...a remarkable boy". Scrooge pays him to go and get a turkey for him to take to the Cratchits' house. "Come back with the man and I will give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes, and I'll give you half-a-crown". Scrooge offers the boy extra money, not something which he would normally have done. "Good morning, Sir! A merry Christmas to you" Scrooge was "glowing with good intentions" as he merrily walked down the street. He had changed dramatically. In the first stave Scrooge is cruel, sad, lonely, depressed and grumpy. He hates Christmas. After the visits from the ghosts he becomes charitable, kind and joyful. Scrooge has changed and sees that being rich is not everything and that it is better to be giving and generous towards the poor than to be greedy and unkind. Matthew Bell 10R ...read more.

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