The Christmas carol

Exploring 19th century social and economical issues within A Christmas Carol.

"Many thousands are in want of common necessaries." This quote explains the amount of poor people that lived in England. England was full of people without jobs, who need a place to live. This picture shows the people trying to rally to get better lives. This picture also shows the huge multitude of people that were in need.
"Dreadful death, set up thine altar here." Tons and tons of people died during this era. many of the deaths were because of lack of food. Scrooge did not give to those in need, he didn't care about the issue. This picture shows the harshness of hunger and winter. This father was practically sacrificed to the elements.
"Look upon me." When the second ghost in A Christmas Carol says this line, Scrooge immediately obeys. This symbolizes the Christian religion in the early 19th century. This picture shows people having the same reverence that Scrooge had towards the ghost or in this case, Saint Charles.
"If he be like to die...decrease the surplus population." At the beginning of this book, Scrooge believed that poor people brought their hardships on themselves. He didn't care for anyone but himself. As he got a glimpse into the life of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge started seeing the poor as real people with real families. This picture shows the humanistic qualities of children who can't afford much. It shows how alike all humans are in that sense.
"The shouts of wonder and delight." This painting shows a family that does not have much money, but is still very happy. In his past, Scrooge sees how happy the kids are to see their dad come home. He starts to realize that family will give more happiness than money ever will.
"The color hurts my eyes." This line is spoken by Tiny Tim's mother soon after he died. In the 19th century, death was far from uncommon, especially if you were disabled. This painting expresses the dreariness, almost ghost-like feeling of losing someone that you love. Tiny Tim's mother felt this exact way.
"I'm as light as a feather." In the 19th century, happiness was measured by money. Scrooge forced himself to believe that since he had money, he was happy. This was a common thought then, and it still is today. We try to measure success in life by wealth. At the end of the book, Scrooge realized that true happiness came from giving. This picture the lightness that he felt when he finally figured out how to become happy.
"Would you so soon put out with worldly hands the light I give?" Scrooge lived in a world where most people lived for themselves. Competition was and still is natural for us. Scrooge had always wanted to have the most. This picture captures the light in the darkness. The light is giving and the darkness is being selfish.
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends... but if the courses be departed from, the ends will change." This picture shows the many different roads of life. Scrooge learned that life is full of choices and that you can always change. Scrooge could not be more ecstatic when he learns that it is never too late for him to change. This reflects the social movement of the 19th century. If you worked hard, you could gain a better path.
"God bless us, every one!" A Christmas Carol ends with God. The majority of the people of London believed that God decides some things that happen to us. This picture represents God making decisions about people and who he should bless. Tiny Tim's one wish was that no one would get the short end of the stick.
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