A Christmas Carol

Rylee Hopkins, World Studies, Christmas Carol Project  

"to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave," (pg. 24) This picture depicts a saint lounging among the common folk. The quote speaks of the rich and poor considering each other fellows. The rich are the saints, or the people above the rest. The poor are the common people that do not regularly interact equally with the rich/saints.
"Are there no prisons..workhouses...The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour," (pg. 29) The poor that could not provide for themselves were sent to workhouses and other facilities where they were separated from family and worked relentlessly. This picture shows miserable women and children in a prison, displaying the misery that surely would have been the same in the workhouses.
"The school is not quite deserted, a solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still." (pg. 84) The picture shows students listening to a college lecture. In the 19th century, if you could afford it, you would send your child off to school so that they may succeed in a successful profession. That is the way it is for college today. If you can not pay for college you will not have as successful a profession. Scrooge's father was rich enough to send Scrooge to school and his success ensued.
"more dances, and there was cake, and there was negus, and there was a great piece of Cold Roast, and there was a great piece of Cold Boiled, and there were mince-pies, and plenty of beer." (pg. 100) The rich in the 19th Century often displayed their wealth by having extravagant parties with many dishes of fancy food. This picture shows many foods that the wealthy, even today, consume.
"Mrs. Cratchit, Cratchit's wife...Master Peter Cratchit...and now two smaller Crotchets, boy and girl...and their brother Tiny Tim with his father." (pg. 144) Although there were many people (at least, in today's world, it would be considered a large family) in the Cratchit family and it must have been very hard to work hard enough to provide for them all. The picture shows people scavenging through trash looking for food to eat as might've happened to the desperate families in the 19th century.
"Such a bustle ensued that you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds" (pg. 149) The Cratchits were so poor that they rarely had the privilege of eating goose. It was a celebration indeed to consume it. In this painting they are worshiping the geese. The excitement displayed by the Cratchits was like an kind of worship for the goose.
"Martha, who was a poor apprentice at a milliner's then told them what kind of work she had to do" (pg. 158) This painting shows an apprentice and his master. If you were poor and were not able to afford schooling you often took on an apprenticeship to learn how to work. This is what Martha Cratchit had to do because of her families poor situation.
"Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offenses of smell, and dirt and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery." (pg. 201) In A Christmas Carol there is a street full of crime and displeasure where people made money in morally wrong ways. This picture is of a casino in which people gamble for money. In both cases people in bad situations, go to this place for a chance at wealth.
"I promised him that I would walk there on Sunday. My little, little child!" (pg. 223) This quote from the Christmas Carol is when Bob Cratchit is speaking of visiting Tiny Tim's grave. Tiny Tim did not live a long life, not only because he was crippled, but also because he did grow have proper conditions to grow in (good warmth, good food, etc. ). This picture displays a child dying from sickness, as Tiny Tim, or any poor child, might have.
"There's the saucepan that the gruel was in!" (pg. 239) Gruel was not an extravagant meal. Scrooge only ate it to save money. It was most often consumed by the poor. The drawing shows a women eating gruel as would have been regularly consumed.
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