Poverty in 'A Christmas Carol' Essay

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How does Dickens Convey the Importance of Poverty in ‘A Christmas Carol’?

‘A Christmas Carol’ is a short powerful novel written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and tells the story of how one man, Ebeneezer Scrooge, changes his ways from a cruel, money-obsessed miser to a good, honest Christian after terrifying visitations from three ghosts. During this period, Victorian readers were thoroughly convinced of the supernatural and omnipotent power of God, making this oval socially embraced through the population. Arguably, this novel was a way to generate awareness about the lives of the poor, true to Dickens’ philanthropic philosophy, as many upper class families would read the book and show compassion for the terrible conditions they were
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In Stave 5 we see the fruition of this change in Scrooge, now knowing the trials of those in poverty he changes from a once miserly misanthrope to a philanthropist, ‘Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you’. Because of Scrooge’s change of attitude towards the poor, Tiny Tim ‘who did not die, he was second father’.

Furthermore, Dickens expresses

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