How Dickens Presents The Theme Charity Through Out The Play High School Essay

1268 words - 6 pages

Throughout the novella dickens
stresses the importance of
charity in everyone sʼ lives. When
dickens wrote the novella It was
the 19th Century, there was a
large divide between the rich and
the poor, which led to many
employers and higher classes
believing that people were only
poor because they were lazy or
was poor because of their actions
and their wrong doings. Dickens
shows us that an act of charity is
one of the best gifts you can give
to people by showing them
kindness and by philanthropy.
The first act of charity in the
novella is seen in the form of the
two portly gentlemen. Dickens
uses these characters to
represent those at the time who
felt it was right to ‘provide some
slight provision for the poorʼ
during the festive season, which
shows us as the audience that
they were all judged by their
appearance, as if they looked fat
and had adequate clothing or a
big belly they appeared as though
theyʼd got enough money to help
themselves and they didnʼt need
charity. They are obviously very
open to giving money to help
those less fortunate and through
them, Dickens is showing that not
all richer people were ignorant to
the poor. He also uses them to
reflect his own personal opinion
about charity.
Dickensʼ uses Scrooge sʼ dialogue
with these two gentlemen to
show an opposing opinion
towards charity. When asked to
make a donation to help the poor,
Scrooge replies with ‘It sʼ not my
business.ʼ This illustrates many of
the upper classes attitudes to the
poor as they felt that they
couldnʼt ‘afford to make idle
people merry.ʼ Dickens also uses
this meeting to develop Scrooge sʼ
character as his lack of interest or
care for the poor shows the
indifference he has for other
people and tells us that he
doesnʼt have an interest if the
subject is irrelevant to him or
doesnʼt benefit him personally. By
Scrooge dismissing the chance to
aid with helping others with
charity so abruptly it shows he
has no time for consideration for
what they are asking, which
shows he is blinded and he
doesnʼt want to really know what
those who are asking for charity
are really having to go through or
deal with in their lives.
The character of Jacob Marley
shows us the consequences of
not acting in a charitable manner
in our mortal lives. He tells
Scrooge that his interests should
focus on suffering humans
instead of business. Scrooge
remarks that Marley was always ‘a
good man of businessʼ but Marley
tells him that ‘mankind was my
(Marley sʼ) business.ʼ This reflects
Dickensʼ attitude to charity as he
is telling the reader that their
fellow neighbours are more
important than financial gain. The
‘phantomsʼ that wander the air
when Marley departs ‘sought to
interfere, for good, in human
mattersʼ but they had ‘lost their
power for goodʼ because they
had not acted kindly in their
mortal life. This shows us that
Marley had a kind heart and tried
to help anyone and everyone that
needed the help and charity, it
shows us that him and Scrooge
were best friends and they
could...

RELATED

Theme of Savagery in Lord of the Flies - High School Essay - English Essay

876 words - 4 pages .              The theme of savagery versus civilization is first introduced to us through the symbol of the conch shell which we associate with Ralph as he is the person who first uses it and becomes the elected leader of the boys. This symbolizes authority amongst the boys. At the first assembly Ralph says, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak…he won’t be interrupted”. This suggests civilization as Ralph is allowing each boy to have an

Through the Tunnel Argumentative Essay - Victor J Andrew High School, English - Argumentative Essay

2058 words - 9 pages within the time period of his life when figuring out a way to go through the tunnel, because he made an adult-like decision to set such a high goal for himself. In the course of time Jerry was proposing and setting the goal of going through the tunnel, he created a concrete plan on how to execute his goal. As stated in the text, “I want some swimming goggles,” he panted, defiant and beseeching. First, he thought, he must learn to control his

Explore the ways in which Conan Doyle presents his arch villain and his hero - school - essay

800 words - 4 pages Explore the ways in which Conan Doyle presents his arch villain and his hero detective to the reader. In the book the speckled band, Conan Doyle makes the villain overly suspicious, so everyone at least knows who he is but is waiting for the hero to figure it out. So, you just want to put yourself into his shoes and solve the mystery as the hero detective. He is interested in exotic animals, so he keeps a jaguar and a baboon on his property. He

The Theme Of Isolation In "Great Expectations" Through Miss Havisham

3267 words - 14 pages Question: How does Dickens in his portrayal of Miss Havisham explore the theme of isolation?The oldest of eight children, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. Dickens experienced a very traumatic childhood which included the ordeal of seeing two of his brother pass away. John Dickens, his father, worked as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, due to his occupation, the Dickens family had to move a lot. Financial problems led to the

Hamlet does not love Ophelia because all through the play

478 words - 2 pages Hamlet does not love Ophelia because all through the play he is playing with her mind witch leads to her insanity. Weather it is using her, telling her she is a "whore" or telling her straight up that he does not love her. Also he does not feel bad or try to comfort her when she finds out he killed her dad and she is upset. All of this makes her go crazy and leads to her suicide. The first reason Hamlet does not love her is because in the

How Macbeth changed through the story - Literature - Essay

783 words - 4 pages Macbeth essay In Williams Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth is portrayed as a courageous figure. He showed his courage while fighting against MacDonwald and Norway as well as in his final battle where Macbeth remains brave even when he realizes that he lost. However, Macbeth's personality vastly changed through the plot of the play. Macbeth lost a feeling of guilt and became confident in the actions that he did. Throughout the act of the play

Research Report: Charity Report - Torrance High School English - Research Paper

593 words - 3 pages one children’s hospital to having hundreds around the world. They have saved millions of lives over the past years and I hope to one day see that no more children may die from a catastrophic disease. Being born with these issues can make a huge impact on someone's life in just a few words and determine how your life will turn out. I hope that one day every procedure goes well and finally everyone can live happy disease free lives without having to

The French Revolution and How It Led To the Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte - High School - Essay

2031 words - 9 pages Tom Worthington Assess the French Revolution and how it led to the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte The French Revolution was a widespread socio-political movement that swept France during the late 18th century that altered not only the future of the Nation but of the entirety of Western Civilisation. The revolution established the concept of citizen sovereignty and rebelled against the archaic notion of monarchism in Europe. It ended the last

How did change effect characters in the crucible - high school/english H - essay

1363 words - 6 pages the play, the Reverend showed up in Salem with a large number of books. He appeared very knowledgeable and says that he will get to the bottom of the witch hunts. He relied very much on his books, they stated: “Have no fear now we shall find him out if he has come among us, and mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!” (Miller, act I) Hale's determination to rid the town of witchcraft was unstoppable. However, through the play, he

Understanding how natural law and the economy and their interplay - High School and AP Literature - Essay

1249 words - 5 pages their understanding of historical and modern economies. However, through their in depth analysis of extractive and inclusive systems under these three concepts, the argument presented is difficult to rebut. The question raised on how to create a perfectly inclusive economic system encourages the discussion of how these concepts still play a role in modern day. It is difficult to create a completely extractive or inclusive institution due to the constant battle of institutions with changing events, human action and expectations. Bibliography Acemoglu, D., & Robinson, J. A. (2013). Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. New York: Crown Business.

How global warming is affecting the world - Cocalico High School/AP Lang - Essay

984 words - 4 pages politicians don’t speak out about these threats and make a change in how we use our energy. One scientist wrote a paper that discusses the last time the earth warmed. That time it was caused by natural forces, but the effects were still the same that they would be today. The temperatures reached only slightly higher than they are right now, and the effect was catastrophic. Ice caps began to melt and the sea level rose 20 to 30 feet, covering a

How has wolf reintroduction affected the yellowstone environment - Villa Rica High School/ American Lit - research essay

1896 words - 8 pages Alex Ferro Mrs. Tucker American Lit 11 December 2017 How Has Wolf Reintroduction Affected the Yellowstone Environment? The wolves of Yellowstone have an interesting history. By the end of the 1920s almost all of the United States' wolves were killed off, predominantly by ranchers protecting their livestock. With the population decimated, Yellowstone National Park began the reintroduction of the gray wolf in 1995. In December 2014, the wolf

How To Get the Most Out of College - Brooklyn College/English 1010 - Essay

1083 words - 5 pages what is comfortable rather than embracing diversity. In Frank Bruni’s article, “How to Get the Most Out of College,” he observes that, “Many students, nervous about a new environment, follow friends from high school or people whose demographic backgrounds match their own into homogeneous cocoons. That can indeed provide solace and support. But it’s also a wasted opportunity — educationally, morally, strategically” (58). Alternatively to sticking

How is going for the look different from thinking out loud? - Leuzinger English - Essay

438 words - 2 pages Jaylon Booker Kane English 10 1 December 2017 “Going for the Look, but Risking Discrimination” Looks can be quite deceiving, but what is behind the face shows true meaning and expression. This article, Going for the Look, but Risking Discrimination by Steven Greenhouse is simply about lookism. Lookism is basically choosing looks over knowledge. In this essay, I will explain the way lookism works, and how it shifts around just about anywhere you

How And Why Is The Public The Persona That Iago Presents Different From The Character Revealed In His Soliloquies

901 words - 4 pages In Shakespeare's play Othello, Iago presents a different persona in his soliloquies for a particular outcome; Iago is Shakespeare's most duplicitous character and this gives him the power through which he can explore ideas of deception, illusion, betrayal and reality. Iago reveals a very different persona to the other characters in the play because it is a large part of his deception with which he wreak's his revenge. It also adds another