Christmas CArol

Art Gallery--Taryn Conroy

"Merry Christmas! What right do you have to be merry? What reason do you have to be merry? You're poor enough." Said Scrooge. "Come then," returned the nephew gaily. "What right do you have to be dismal? What reason do you have to be morose? You're rich enough." (STAVE 1) There was a large gap between social/wealth classes. There was prejudice and hate between the higher and lower classes.
"Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life's opprotunity misused." (STAVE 1) You will never know the amount of regret you will have until you have abused the opprotunity so willingly offered you.
"Everyone of them wore chains like Marley's Ghost; some few (they might be guilty governments) were linked together..." (STAVE 1) Some people (at least Charles Dickens) thought the government was corrupt. A likely suspicion, due to the evidence we find in history.
"A small matter," said the ghost. "to make these silly folks so full of gratitude." (STAVE 2) People made the most of what they had, which wasn't much. They enjoyed being together and dancing.
"...heavy wheels of wagons and carts...sky was gloomy...streets were choked up with a dingy mist...shower of sooty atoms..." (STAVE 3) In the slums, living conditions were horrible. Definately not a place to raise children, but with parents left with no other choice of living space, this is where their children had to dwell.
"'The mother laid her work upon the table, and put her hand to her face. 'The colour hurts my eyes.' She said." (STAVE 4) At this point in the story, the Cratchits are still mourning from Tiny Tim's death. One of Tim's brothers is reading the scriptures and says that no child that has not been baptised will be saved. This distresses his mother as she tries not to cry.
"It was a worthy place. Walled in by houses; overrun by grass and weeds, the growth of vegetation's death, not life; choked up with too much burying; fat with repleted appetite. A worthy place!" (STAVE 4) Just because something is expensive doesn't mean that purchasing it is worth it. The graveyard behind the church was expensive to get into, but as you see by the description above, it was overrun with weeds and was not a very pleasant place.
"...unseen eyes..." (STAVE 4) This could reffer to the government, angels or dieties that the Christians believe in and hope to please. If you knew something was watching you, you'd act different/better.
“I would gladly think otherwise if I could,” she answered, “Heaven knows! When I have learned a Truth like this, I know how strong and irresistible it must be. But if you were free to-day, tomorrow, yesterday, can even I believe that you would choose a dowerless girl—you who, in your very confidence with her, weigh everything by Gain: or, choosing her, if for a moment you were false enough to your one guiding principle to do so, do I not know that your repentance and regret would surely follow? I do; and I release you. With a full heart, for the love of him you once were.” He was about to speak; but with her head turned from him, she resumed. “You may—the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will—have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it, gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke. May you be happy in the life you have chosen!” She left him, and they parted. (STAVE 2) Scrooge valued economic gain rather than social gain. The loss of his fiance could be the reason that he started down the path he was on in the beginning of this story.
“What!” exclaimed the Ghost, “would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give?" (STAVE 2) Why would you try to stifle the memories and love from the past? The past and the future are both as important as the present, and should be treated as such.
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