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Ignorance and Want: why Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is as relevant today as ever
I was talking a few evenings ago to my young friends, a well-read, pleasant couple with hope in their hearts, about the state of the world. We settled for a while into a discussion about the troubling, political situation in the U. Suddenly, as often happens, a recollection of a memory that seemed relevant to the discussion came to my mind. In this case, it was a scene from the , British-made movie A Christmas Carol, based on the short story of that title by the great 19 th Century English writer, Charles Dickens. It never ceases to amaze me. Marley has come to warn Scrooge that he must change his ways or end up like him; and that he will be visited this night by three other spirits.
After showing Scrooge the joys of the Holiday Season and the living conditions of Bob Cratchit 's impoverished family, the Ghost of Christmas Present finally tells Scrooge the peril that poor people will end up in, should Scrooge not change his miserly ways. The ghost shows Scrooge two seemingly timid street urchins who were using the ghost's robes as shelter, and refers to them as Ignorance and Want. Only to get Ignorance imprisoned in a cage and get Want strapped into a straitjacket and taken away to the insane asylum. Earlier in the story, Scrooge mentioned that he supports prisons and workhouses, believing that anyone badly off financially should go there. Should many of them rather die, Scrooge believed that "they had better do it and decrease the surplus population".
US Titles. UK Titles. Is it a foot or a claw. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment. Look, look, down here.
Dickens felt strongly that Victorian society ignored the poverty of its underclass. On the one hand were the rich who enjoyed comfort and feasting at Christmas, and on the other were children forced to live in dreadful conditions in workhouses. In A Christmas Carol Dickens shows the theme of social injustice through:. The Poor Law was amended in to reduce the cost of helping the poor. Those desperate for assistance and having no other option were sent to workhouses. The novella shows these contrasts by presenting poverty in the Cratchit household, in the characters of Ignorance and Want who are sheltered by the Ghost of Christmas Present and also in the scene of thieves going through the dead Scrooge's possessions. What elements of social injustice does Dickens highlight in this novella?
When I was eight or so and living in Gibraltar my father was in the army and we were station there , my teacher read us A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as a pre-Christmas treat. But A Christmas Carol is more than just a story. It is a tirade against greed, selfishness and neglect. It uses the story of a rich man - the startlingly nasty Scrooge - to highlight the plight of those affected by the greed and meanness he exemplifies. He tells him the boy is called Ignorance and the girl Want.