A christmas carol

Social and Economic Structure of the Time

"...like ruddy smears on the palpable brown air..." (Stave I). The air in the setting of "A Christmas Carol" is not good air. This pollution is a negative effect of the Industrial Revolution. This picture shows a forest fire that gave off immense amounts of smoke that created the touchable brown air as described in "A Christmas Carol".
"What else can I be when I live in such a world as this?" (Stave I). Scrooge is blaming his pessimist attitude on the world. To Scrooge, and perhaps Charles Dickens, the world is not in a good place. There is no reason why he should be joyful. This art piece shows a man bringing bad news. Through Scrooge's eyes, everyone is a bringer of bad news.
"The only time I know of...when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." (Stave I). Scrooge's nephew also can see the dangerous place that the world is in, maybe in result of the Industrial Revolution. However, Scrooge's nephew is not exactly like Scrooge because the nephew believes that people do open up willingly only on Christmas. This art is called "Open Minds Open Hearts". Since the people in the picture have open minds, they have open hearts. During "A Christmas Carol" Scrooge has a very closed mind and a closed heart.
"And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain." (Stave I). The Industrial Revolution had many positive and negative effects. For Scrooge, it was negative and made him develop an obsession towards business and money. On the day of his old business partners funeral, he was working. This picture depicts what the funeral goers may have looked like.
"Turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes and seething bowls of punch." (Stave III). This long list of food was surrounding the grand ghost of Christmas Present. Feasts that large meant that it was a special occasion, because acquiring all the food was not an easy thing, and it was expensive. A wedding, as shown in the picture, is a grand occasion in which a feast would take place.
"The other spices so delicious" (Stave III). The spices were also a part of the grand feast. England was trading with India and that is where the spices came from. This box is used for storing special spices from India.
"...blessed his four room house..." (Stave III). The Cratchits were not a wealthy home and lived in a four room house. This house might be similar to the size of theirs.
Martha Cratchit stated, "We'd a great deal of work to deal with last night..." (Stave III). She had a job to help provide for her family, even though she was not yet an adult. This shows how low the wages of working were, and yet she still had to stay late the night before. This picture shows a woman working in a factory, a job similar to that of Martha's in the Industrial Revolution.
"...very wealthy and of great importance..." (Stave IV). Dickens relates wealthiness to importance. Scrooge believed that statement as well; he was obsessed with power and wealth. If Scrooge lived in a country other than England, he most likely would have worshipped the god pictured below, Daikoku.
"...obscure part of the town...ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly." (Stave IV). Although Scrooge lived in a very nice part of town, there were still dirty parts of town. The Industrial Revolution was a great help to many, but there were still many that suffered. This picture perfectly illustrates what Dickens wrote, "...the people half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly."
"...calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes..." (Stave V). Even though there were those in the city that were poor, on Christmas day, everyone made an effort to look nice. This young boy wore his Sunday clothes because of the special occasion. This magazine shows an example of what Sunday clothes could look like.
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