A Christmas Carol Quotations and Analysis

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  • A Christmas Carol Quotes - Revision Song - Mr Bruff
    • "The poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time"
      • In 1834, the new Poor Law was introduced in the country to try to combat the large number of poor people living in the country at the time.
        • In order to receive any financial assistance, anybody without a job was required to enter a workhouse if they wished to receive any support with money or housing.
          • There was a belief at the time that poor people were lazy. This resulted in the workhouses deliberately being made difficult so that the people would not want to go there.
            • Dickens refers to them as "prisons" in the novella.
        • Dickens was against this new law, and had shown it in in some of his other works (e.g. Oliver Twist).
      • Two men are collecting money for the poor.
      • Criticism of the 1834 new Poor Law.
    • "This boy is Ignorance [...] most of all beware the boy"
      • "Ignorance" represents the members of society that are uneducated and may be unaware that they are being exploited as workers.
      • Dickens is arguing that if children are educated, they are more likely to earn a fair wage and support their families.
      • THEME: social responsibility
      • The message of social responsibility is highlighted through this quotation, and is repeated to Scrooge throughout the text.
        • The message through the repetition of this theme is impossible for the reader to ignore.
    • "It was cold, bleak, biting weather"
      • Pathetic fallacy
        • "Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky"
          • Reflects what Scrooge is like at the end of the text. He is presented as a changed man, and now appreciates love and relationships with others are of more value than money.
        • The setting is reflecting the character.
      • Reflects what Scrooge is like at the beginning of the text.
        • Structural analysis
          • Reflects what Scrooge is like at the end of the text. He is presented as a changed man, and now appreciates love and relationships with others are of more value than money.
    • "Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine"
      • Highlights Scrooge's attitude at the beginning of the text.
      • Highlights Scrooge's argumentative approach towards everything.
    • "Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky"

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