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A Christmas Carol Ignorance and Want analysis
Dickens felt strongly that Victorian society ignored the poverty of its underclass. On the one hand were the rich who enjoyed comfort and feasting at Christmas, and on the other were children forced to live in dreadful conditions in workhouses. In A Christmas Carol Dickens shows the theme of social injustice through:. The Poor Law was amended in to reduce the cost of helping the poor. Those desperate for assistance and having no other option were sent to workhouses.
After showing Scrooge the joys of the Holiday Season and the living conditions of Bob Cratchit 's impoverished family, the Ghost of Christmas Present finally tells Scrooge the peril that poor people will end up in, should Scrooge not change his miserly ways. The ghost shows Scrooge two seemingly timid street urchins who were using the ghost's robes as shelter, and refers to them as Ignorance and Want. Only to get Ignorance imprisoned in a cage and get Want strapped into a straitjacket and taken away to the insane asylum. Earlier in the story, Scrooge mentioned that he supports prisons and workhouses, believing that anyone badly off financially should go there. Should many of them rather die, Scrooge believed that "they had better do it and decrease the surplus population".
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