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A COMPARSON OF CHARLES DICKENS BOOK A CHRISTMAS CAROL AND THE MOVIE CREATED IN 1999 Does the message of the story a Christmas Carol still have meaning for us today Is the book or the movie more helpful in relating Dickens message to our modern society The book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a picture of the social problems of the 1840s In the note before Dickens starts the book he says I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea Dickens PG 1 1843 Dickens story seems to be addressing a general problem to the rich of his time and may have tried to encourage people to think about their fellow man The book is directed more to the society as a hole and encourages them to take a look at their own behavior Even though Ebenezer Scrooge under went a personal change the book gave me the feeling that Dickens felt the entire society would face serious consequences if changes were not made to the way they treated and viewed their fellow human beings The industrial revolution took severe advantage of the children and the poor people of Dickens time and even though it is not mentioned directly in the story the results of it are clearly felt There were very distinct categories people fell into you were either very rich or very poor The expectations of the employer were very strict They worked long hours with little time off When Scrooge asked Cratchit if he wanted the entire day of Christmas off Scrooge was very agitated and told Crotchet you dont think me ill-used when I pay a days wages for no work and a poor excuse for picking a mans pocked every twenty-fifth of December Dickens pg64 1843 Page 2 Another way that the story indicated the general feeling the rich had for the poor is
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