A Christmas Carol

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"They were a gloomy suite of rooms...where it had so little business to be"(Dickens1). This picture gives off a feeling of darkness and misery. The economy in England was not wealthy at the time. Work was changed negatively because of wages and new ways to produce products. Less people were able to get a job. Therefore, many people were left in poverty without work or gained little from their job.
"Many thousands are in want of common necessities; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts"(Dickens1). The picture depicts a small family trying to sell flowers for their own well-being. In England, during the 19th century, many people, especially single mothers and children, were left homeless in the streets to try sell things to make a profit to help them be able to survive on their own.
"I wear the chain I forged in life...I made it link by link, and yard by yard;"(Dickens1). The picture is of a slave in chains. Slavery was legal in most parts of England until 1833. The afterlife, can in a way, be like slavery. Marley was contained by chains because of the choices he made in his lifetime. Every unwise choice he made connected a new link to the chain. Creating no escape from his past choices.
"Would you so soon put out, with worldy hands, the light I give?"(Dickens2). The spirit came to help scrooge and share with him, the light and joy she contained. Before Scrooge was visited by the spirits, he contained close to no amount of light. This was because, he dimmed out his light by worldly items including money, gold,and possessions. Many others who lived in 19th century England valued riches above kindness, compassion, and joy. This created a dark atmosphere in England.
"The boy is ignorance. The girl is want. Beware them both"(Dickens3). The Conquest of Ignorance shows men in blindfolds being attacked by other men. The ignorant are being conquered. What the ghost of Christmas present was saying to Scrooge is beware of lack of knowledge. Like the men portrayed in the picture, Scrooge could not see the truth, because of ignorance. Being unaware of others needs and wanting more for oneself will produce a negative effect and overall gloomy atmosphere. Ignorance and want are two things that, if avoided, could have benefited England's society and economy.
"Large house, but one of broken fortunes...the walls were damp and mossy, their windows broken, and their gates decayed"(Dickens2). The picture demonstrates a dark run down street. This street can be related to one that would be in England in the 19th century. The bad economy of England is an cause to the filthy streets. In A Christmas Carol and the picture the alley is lonely and gives off a somber attitude like the one shown.
"The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune"(Dickens2). In this quote, Scrooge was talking about his good friend Mr. Fezziwig. He realizes that happiness and memories can be more meaningful than money and worldly possessions. If all of the English in the 19th century valued happiness over wealth the society would have be improved for the good.
"Don't mind it, father. Don't be grieved"(Dickens4). When the ghost of Christmas future takes Scrooge to the Cratchit home, Tiny Tim had died. Death was a common incident in England in the 1830's. Death was recurrent especially in the lives of the poor, as the photo depicts.
"It might be pleasant to them to remember, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see"(Dickens3). Biblical reference to the healing Christ performed. In 19th century England, lots of people believed in Christ and religion. The main religion in England at this time was the Roman Catholic religion. Religion and beliefs play a huge role in society.
"Though it(Christmas) has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good"(Dickens1). Scrooges nephew finds joy in giving gifts do others during the Christmas season. Not everyone in England was stingy and selfish, many groups of people and church groups in England believed in service and compassion and valued the lives of others before money, but because of the economy of England and way of society there were always people living in poverty.
"Mens courses will foreshadow certain ends...They must lead, but if the courses be departed from, the ends will change"(Dickens4). You can change your fate by you actions and attitude. In England the economy progressively got better because of good change. When one person changes for the good it effects everyone else around them and causes a chain reaction.
"The whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery"(Dickens4). This picture shows a man who is depressed and living in misery because he is caught up in riches. Selfishness leads to crime, filth, and misery; and all of these things lead to a destructive and weak society.
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