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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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