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What do we learn about poverty in A Christmas Carol?

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'A Christmas Carol' What do we learn about poverty in A Christmas Carol? Charles Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812 and was the most popular writer of his generation. Charles Dickens had to leave school when he was twelve years old because his father went to prison for being in debt. This made Dickens life miserable so in 1836 he decided to write stories under the name of Boz to highlight to the public the consequences of living in poverty. Charles Dickens instantly became famous for his novel 'Oliver Twist'. Dickens used his novels to tell people about the bad conditions that poor people were living under. He used his books to get the rich to help the poor who were living under really bad circumstances. A Christmas Carol can also be called a novella which is a long story but it is to short to be a novel. The main reasons why Charles Dickens wrote the novels were is his childhood, a ragged school and appeal to the people on behalf of the poor man child. The plot of 'An Christmas Carol' is about a man called Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer Scrooge is a rich and stone hearted old man who does not care about anybody but himself. On Christmas Eve Scrooge gets a visit from the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. ...read more.

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The writer has tried to get this point across in the novel An Christmas Carol that what is the point of having money if you are not going to spend it on your self or anyone else. Andd these are the reasons that there is poverty in the world. The types of languages that the writer has used in the novel are Dialogue, Humor and Repetition,. The novel has verbal humor in it for example "They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again." The writer has used humor to describe Scrooge's house. The writer has not made it a simple and boring explanation of a house, he has used good describing words, humor and similes to make the description more effective which will give the reader a good idea of what Scrooge's house looks like. The writer has also used repetition in the novel for example in the first stave Scrooge has said good afternoon about five times. This sort of Repetition shows that Scrooge is not interested in what his nephew is talking about. ...read more.

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Bob Crachit worked for long hard hours but he still did not get the money he deserved but he never complained. He could not even afford a proper Christmas dinner with his family but he still respected Scrooge even though Scrooge treated him with no respect. Bob Crachit was not a very rich man but he was kind and warm hearted which made him a really rich man even though he did not have proper cloths, house or food where as on the other hand Scrooge was really rich and had a house, food and cloths but he was still very poor because he did was a mean, and cold man. Charles Dickens has showed his readers in 'A Christmas Carol' that if they are rich and have lots of money they should help the poor people who do not have that much money to feed themselves. I think Dickens has shown his readers that if you are rich and selfish and are not helping the poor you should change like Scrooge did in the novel. I think that Dickens has succeeded in getting his point cross to the readers because he has showed how Scrooge was before the ghosts came to visit him and it showed how he changed when the ghosts showed him it is good to help the poor. In 'A Christmas Carol we learn that it s not a good thing to keep poverty in the world and everyone should work together to remove it. ...read more.

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