Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Growing up in the Victorian period, Christmas didn't have too much of an influence on
society, particularly in England, where Dickens' grew up. This could be why one might
possibly find it odd that this man is known so well for his interest in Christmas, and his
many stories that reflect that interest. Charles Dickens' has forever changed the lives of
people everywhere by the characters he portrays in his stories. From the innocent Tiny
Tim, to the humbug Ebenezar Scrooge, to the mysterious ghost of Christmas Past, Present,
and Future…Dickens' has a way to look and write about Christmas from the point of view
many could not even imagine. He even brought the tradition of feisting on turkey and ham
on Christmas Day into our daily December 25 ritual, now how can one not cherish the man
for that.

"Money had always been a worry for Dickens when he was growing up, for he was born into a
struggling lower-middle class family. His father went to debtor's jail when Dickens was
only twelve years old. Not able to go to school anymore because of his father's financial
problems, Dickens was forced to get a job. This obviously caused him to have a lack of
appropriate education, so Dickens began to develop on interest into books. He was later
sent back to school when his dad got out of jail, but when his parents could again no
longer afford to pay for their son's education, he found work in a law


office, then as a newspaper reporter. It was here that Dickens' taught himself shorthand,"
(www.ucsc.edu/dickens/DEA/ACC/dickens.bio.html, Dickens' Life and The Carol). This began
the writing of the many Dickens' classics we enjoy to this very day. One particular book
being, A Christmas Carol, a well-known holiday classic.

"Dickens' childhood poverty lead to his compassion for the lower class, especially the
children. Even in his writings, he portrayed then with sympathy as well as compassion,"
(Hromatko, 5). "A Christmas Carol greatly reflected the life of Dickens', for just like
the Crachit family, he was poor living in a four-room house. The six Crachit children
correspond to the six Dickens' children at that time,"
(www.ucsc.edu/dickens/DEA/ACC/dickens.bio.html, Dickens' Life and The Carol).

"One may also recall a quite mean and miserly man who went by the name of Ebenezar
Scrooge; he represents Victorian England at the time Dickens' wrote the story.

Victorian England was rich and snobby and didn't exactly experience what true Christmas
meant, at least that's what Dickens' thought,"
(www.fidnet.com/dap1955/dickens/christmas.html, Dickens' Christmas Page). He and the other
lower-class citizens, represented by Bob Crachit and his family, didn't take things for
granted and appreciated what they had. Many people today compare present day Americans to
Victorian England, how selfish Americans are about their wealth.

"A Christmas Carol masterfully illustrates the timeless conflict between good and evil,
challenging us to examine the consequences of our actions—which, in our global community
have even greater impact than Dickens' times,"
(www.turnerlearning.com/tntlearning/christmascarol/message.html, Message to the


Educator). "In 1843, while he was most active at Little Portland Street chapel, Dickens
created the first and greatest of his Christmas boos, A Christmas Carol. Around this time
Christmas Day was again beginning to be celebrated and the holiday transformed," (Hromatko
3). Dickens' writings did greatly impact society today, in more ways than what I
previously stated. Dickens' has probably has more influence on the way we celebrate
Christmas today, than any single individual in human history. "At the beginning of the
Victorian period, the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The Industrial Revolution,
happening in Dickens' time, allowed workers little time for the celebration of Christmas.
It was the Christmas stories of Charles Dickens, particularly A Christmas Carol that
rekindled the joy of Christmas in Britain, as well as America,"

(www.fidnet.com/dap1955/dickens/christmas.html, Dickens' Christmas Page). Dickens'
describes the holiday as, "A good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the
only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one
consent to open the shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if
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