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When a mans actions or beliefs differ from those of his society the individual often becomes shunned estranged or negatively criticized by his peers When an individual acts adversely to the proper rules of society he causes his society to dislike him in direct proportion to his unacceptable or disapproved behavior In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner the Mariner commits one sin of complete ignorance which angers his fellow men In contrast Charles Dickenss Ebenezer Scrooge purposely disregards the feelings and needs of others His isolation is not only physical but also a mental state of mind Both men the Mariner and Scrooge are disliked by society thus leading to their isolation In Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and Samuel Taylor Coleridges Rime of the Ancient Mariner the values of society contribute to the alienation of the protagonists in each work Dickenss Ebenezer Scrooge reveals the values of 18th century culture and society The novel is set during the joyful time of Christmas Unlike Scrooge his contemporaries believe that an individual has some moral responsibility Giving money to the poor is an important tradition during the holiday season An unnamed character states At this festive season of the year Mr Scrooge it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provisions for the poor Charles Dickens 5 Giving of mans recourses during the holidays is social norm Edgar Johnson states He feels that he has discharged his full duty to society in contributing his share of the taxes that pay for the prisons the workhouses the operation of the treadmill and the poorlaw and he bitterly resents having his pocket picked to keep even them going 85 Charity in the view of his world is in complete contrast with Scrooges greed Money directs every decision Scrooge makes He believes that Christmas is only
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