Dickens' Message in A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a compelling tale of greed, love and charity. It is the story of an old man called Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas. Throughout the tale, four ghosts visit Scrooge and try to change his opinion. Dickens was sending a message to his readers that Christmas is the time of year where everybody should rejoice and be happy. Dickens was obviously trying to make a statement that we should all enjoy life as we have only one chance to.
During Victorian times, London became a centre for poverty, crime and pollution. Dickens was outraged at the conditions in which working classes lived in and wanted to draw the upper-classes attention to
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He believes anybody who celebrates Christmas to be an 'idiot'. He is cynical and uses two Christmas symbols as torturous weapons. Again this shows Scrooge to have a violent and vindictive nature. Scrooge's view on Christmas also shows him to be lonely and miserable. He shuts people out of his life such as his nephew and clerk. He takes his misery and anger at life out on other people. This can be shown by a comment Scrooge makes, "Let me hear another sound from you and you'll keep Christmas by losing you situation" (job). The quote "I wish to be left alone" demonstrates that he prefers to be by himself because he's not very good with people. Dickens managed to shock Victorian readers by bluntly stating that being selfish and greedy with wealth was wrong. Such a character as Scrooge had never been publicly described before and even today Scrooge's attitude is shocking because Christmas is celebrated worldwide and such a character like him is many people's worst nightmare!
Dickens' major way of getting his important message across is in what he was the four spirits show Scrooge. They all show something different that affects Scrooge in different ways.
The First Spirit is that of Scrooge's deceased