Social and economic issues with a christmas carol and during the industrial revolution

McKenna Hendershot

"He had made a point always of standing well in their esteem: in a business point of view, that is; strictly in a business point of view."(page 71) This picture represents the relationship that Scrooge had with others, he cared little for others opinion of him unless it was fellow business men.
"Come back with the man, and I'll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes and I'll give you half-a-crown!"(page 87) This young boy represents other children of the time, who wandered the streets and would run little errands like this one to raise money. This statue is a young homeless boy like so many of the time.
"They were not forty children conducting themselves like one, but every child was conducting itself like forty."(page 42) The chaos of the children in this scene reflects the chaos of children during the industrial revolution. With the parents being gone all day, chidren quickly fell into chaos. In this painting there is a lot going on, similarly to the busy children.
"The ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly. Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell dirt, and life, upon the struggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime; with filth, and misery".(page 72) This quote describes the reality of the poverty that people were living in. In this picture, the Ghost of Christmases yet to come resides in the background, Scrooge stands to the right, and the homeless people in this scene stand together on the left.
"A good time; ... 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." This picture represents the wealthy people who thought that others were below them, and only saw them as equals during Christmas time.
"If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."(page 13) This represents the people in poverty that Scrooge insults here.
"If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die."(page 56) When the Ghost of Christmas present tells Scrooge of Tiny Tim's fate, his affection for the boy begins to grow. This represents that affection.
"Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business."(page 23) Marley spent his whole life in business and didn't care about others, similarly to Scrooge and possibly other business men of the time. These chains represent the ones he built for himself during his life.
"The warehouse was as snug, and warm, and dry, and bright a ballroom, as you would desire to see upon a winter's night."(page 36) During this time business men spent all their time working, even at Christmas time. But they did make it special and took work off on Christmas day.
"This is the even-handed dealing of the world! There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!"(page 40) This painting represents the wealth that people constantly were pursuing at the time, and the sad end that it brought to their lives.
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