Novel Writing By Charles Dickens Aims To Provoke Social Change.
GCSE Task:- How does chapter one of 'A Christmas Carol', the novel written by Charles Dickens, prepare the reader for the rest of the novel?
The novel writing by Charles Dickens is well known and appreciated even in the present day.
His novel, 'A Christmas Carol', is a story which tells of an old businessman called Ebenezer Scrooge. It describes his attitudes towards things such as Christmas, charity and money, and shows the reader that Scrooge is a bitter and cold man.
The story starts with Scrooge being a miserable and hateful man then one night he is haunted by his own business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him of the future that awaits him if his attitudes don't change. He then tells Scrooge that he will be haunted by three Spirits that night. When the first Spirit arrives it shows Scrooge his past, the second shows him the present, and the third the future. These spirits shock Scrooge, eventually making him change his ways. In the final chapters of this novel wrint by Charles Dickens, we see a complete transformation in Scrooge's attitude, as he becomes a generous, and warm man.
The Novel Writing of Charles Dickens Evolved Into Political Writing.
The novel was written by Charles Dickens in 1943, it was very popular at the time and remains so, to this day. This is because all the themes that are in the play are still issues even today such as greed charity and family. The novel also makes the reader think about how they act at Christmas time, for it reminds them of poverty and charity.
Dickens's main goal was to use his novels to help provoke social change, in this case his intention was to draw the readers attention to the plight of England's poor. Victorian London suffered very bad conditions, sewers leaked into the River Thames, which was the main source of drinking water, and people dumped rubbish on the streets. People were forced to the workhouses to try and earn what money they could in an effort to feed their family. Also the widening gap between the rich and poor citizens proved how troubled London was, and Charles Dickens had experienced it all in the workhouses. This is why Charles Dickens became such a political writer who campaigned for social justice and reforms.
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