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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by:  Charles Dickens


Industrial Revolution in England:  The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century made possible the manufacture of cheaper toys and goods for people to exchange with each other.  It created a class of poor factory workers who lived in miserable, crowded conditions, and it also created a class of wealthy business owners.  In A Christmas Carol, Dickens urged these wealthy citizens to give to the poor at Christmas, helping to establish the tradition of charity during this holiday season.

In Scene I Scrooge is quoted as saying, ".. if they would rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population."  

What does Scrooge mean by this quote?  Do you feel that our society today has the same attitude towards the poor and destitute as did the businessmen of the Victorian Era?

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6 comments:

  1. He means that if they would rather die then do it to decrease the population.No I don't think so because kids don't have to work in factories so why would they rather die and grown ups can get jobs to put food on the table.

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  2. There would be less poor people. I do not think our society today do not have the same attitude towards the poor and destitute as did the businessmen of the Victorian Era?

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  3. Scrooge means that if they are not going to go live in a workhouse and would rather die, he says they should do it quickly, so that they can reduce the surplus population. No, I do not think are world is like that today.

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  4. What Scrooge means by that quote is that he hopes that if someone dies, then the surplus population will decrease or go down. No I don't.

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  5. If they would rather die, that is a good thing so that it will decrease the people that are poor. Yes, I do think so. Many of these people like to brag about their money and doesn't donate any of his money.

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  6. I think Scrooge means that if someone wants to die, they should just go do it and decrease the population. Basically he doesn't care about people. I think that our society doesn't have the same attitude toward the poor. At least not as much. People don't usually help the poor but some do.

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