A Christmas Carol

Images that depict the social and economic structures of the Industrial Revolution of England.

"...the shops and houses wretched.... Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools disgorged their offences smell, and dirt, and life upon the stragling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery. This picture and quote relate directly to the Industrial Revolution because because they show how the poor people would have lived through the duration of the revolution.
"a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer." Although this quote had a very shallow appearance, it has a much deeper meaning. This relates to the Industrial Revolution because no matter how long the poor would wait for help, it would never come. Many poor would remain in poverty for generations to come.
"At this festive season of the year.... it is more usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at this present time." pg. 36 This quote and picture relate to the Industrial Revolution because they describe how poor the people where, and some of the efforts from people to help the poor.
"But it was quite dark already; it had not been light all day; and candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbors offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air." pg. 24 Although this picture does not relate directly to the quote, it still captures the gloomy, cloudy, dirty setting of the time. With all the factories coming into use, the air became dirtier, especially in the cities. This picture and quote relate to the economic gains and effects of the Industrial Revolution.
"If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Although this quote is incredibly cruel, it is also very real. There were so many extra homeless and jobless people that Scrooge makes a valid point; somehow, the population needed to be controlled.
"The ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half naked, drunken, slipshop, ugly." This quote and picture describe the street as a result of the Industrial Revolution. It left cities in poverty, ruin, and filth was everywhere.
"Secrets that few would like to scrutinize were bred and hidden in the mountains of unseenly rags, masses of corrupted fat, and sepulchres of bones." Despite the looks of this picture, it goes along with the quote very well because the one thing that they both have in common is deception and secrets. During the Industrial Revolution, the amount of poverty that was really going on seemed to be swept under the rug. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge had no idea what level of poverty people where really in until the 3 spirits visited him. Dickens could be making a point with this quote as well as the whole book in general: people need to realize what is going on around them, and in this case, take care of the poor.
"He went to church, and walked about the streets and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars,and looked down into the kitchens of houses and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure." This quote depicts how it may have been to walk down the streets of the normal side of town. It shows how someone may have acted socially during this time.
"Bob said there was never such a goose cooked. It's tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration." pg. 176 This quote relates to the economic issues of the Industrial Revolution because it shows how a low income family like the Cratchits were still able to have a fairly nice dinner, putting into perspective how much worse off the poor people of the time were.
[Scrooge about Christmas] "...a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer..." This quote shows the attitude of a person towards the economic issues of the time. People in the Industrial Revolution could have been much like Scrooge in this same thinking: that no matter how hard or how long they work, they're never any richer than they were previously.
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