Discuss how Charles Dickens uses Victorian London to show the differences between the rich and the poor members of the society? What message is the novelist trying to tell you?
Charles Dickens experienced a lot of poverty in his unfortunate childhood in London.
His father was sent to prison for not paying his debts, so Dickens was given the job of producing the family income, at the age of 12. This effected Dickens greatly, "memories of this time haunted him for the rest of his life". Dickens didn't want to live the same life as his farther, so he decided to write many novels sometimes based on his knowledge of poverty. The Christmas Carol is a good example of this because he compares the rich with the poor in Victorian London.
I think he used A Christmas Carol to write many moral messages and change our views on the poor, so we feel more pity towards them, a frequent one he uses is that you don’t need a lot of to be content, comfortable and enjoy your self.
He uses this when writes about Fezzywig's party and at Bell's house.
I believe he wrote these messages in his books because they wouldn't been seen out of context and more people would learn them this way.
Dickens uses the weather, the time of year, buildings, language and jobs to compare the rich and poor in Victorian London. He starts off by using the time of the year, which is Christmas. The word Christmas already brings many assumptions into the head. I think Dickens based his story "A Christmas Carol" around Christmas to make to poor look more desperate and impoverished. When we think about Christmas, we think about caring, given, sharing, food and presents. The poor obviously don’t have enough money to do this because of their low income. This makes us feel sympathy for the poor for not being able to cherish and enjoy the happiness of Christmas like our self's.
I think that one of the main reasons Dickens tells his story based around Christmas is because it is a very religious and spiritual festival and its religious elements are still not questioned today. Dickens used this so the ghosts that are situated in his story will not be seen out if context and will not be questioned as if they are too unrealistic.