Recap of Dicken’s Christmas Carol thus far
Last week we began reading Charles Dickens Christmas Carol.
Here is a Recap of what we have seen so far.
First we discussed Dickens himself and his childhood in England in the beginning of the eighteen hundreds. Remember that is father went to Debtors Prison and that he had to walk as a boy of 11 for 12 hours a day 6 and one half days a week.
When Dickens became a writer he wanted to certainly make money but he also wanted his stories to point out how unfairly hard life was for the poor especially children. Remember there were no laws to protect the poor or children.
Here is a list of the Characters we have met so far:
The protagonist, Scrooge is a cold, stingy creditor (some one who lends money for profit) the story is mainly about him becoming kinder and less selfish . Scrooge represents the rich who neglect the poor and think only of their own well-being. The most motivation Dickens provides for Scrooge’s mean character is his depiction of him as a young boy; neglected by his peers and, it appears, by his father, the young Scrooge seemed determined to live only for himself as he aged.
Cratchit is Scrooge’s overworked employee, a timid man afraid to stand up to his boss’s demanding ways. The patriarch of a family poor in wealth but rich in love, he cares especially dearly for his crippled son, Tiny Tim. Cratchit is a symbol for the poor, good-hearted and hard-working but unable to climb out the stifling conditions of poverty.
Scrooge’s nephew, Fred embodies the happiness and sharing of Christmas. He is his sisters only child who he love dearly and died in child birth. He refuses to let Scrooge’s “Bah! Humbug!” attitude bring him down, and is overjoyed when his uncle converts and attends his party.He is also fairly poor but does not let it make him unhappy.
Finally we Know of his partner Jacob Marley who has been dead for 7 years and in all ways was like Scrooge, mean, hard and selfish. Jacob will be visiting Scrooge in this next part.
While reading keep your eye for details of poverty and wealth. Poverty is a lack of money, and wealth is an abundance of money. Let’s read the next part and then discuss what we see.