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A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, is not only a highly regarded form of literature in telling a story, but also in teaching moral values. Dickens used detailed adjectives and a rhythmic style of writing in many of his stories to make his readers feel a full range of intense emotions; this including A Christmas Carol. The story begins with Ebenezer Scrooge sitting in his workplace on Christmas Eve. Scrooge receives a visit from the ghost of his old work partner, Jacob Marley. Marley explains that Scrooge will receive a ghost for the next three nights in order to help change his miserable life. From this point, the reader ignites a journey following Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas. A common denominator found in all of Scrooge’s …show more content…
Now that Scrooge was a young adult, it is important to note that an industrial revolution was taking place. It created an economic prosperity that was unprecedented before that time. The rise of factories created thousands of new jobs that were better paying than most of the workers old jobs. Not only did they create jobs, but the goods they produced were made at a faster and cheaper rate because of mass production. Altogether, the jobs helped people gain more money, while the value of money was increasing because of the economic prosperity. There was still a considerable amount of the poor around because this revolution had only just started. Scrooge’s occupation was giving out loans to people; this created a severe distrust he had in the general population because many of them never paid back their dues and simply stole from him. Being a lender, Scrooge was often approached by the poor and charities to help give them money, which he would never do. When two members of a charity approached his door and asked him for money, Scrooge said, “I wish to be left alone” (Dickens, 11). Firstly, Scrooge is doing very well for his age and time in terms of wealth so he had more than enough money to help donate. The greed which he possessed prevented him from doing so; growing up in an economically tough time instilled values of greed and selfishness in order to get by, but

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