A Christmas Carol, although it is of a different time period still today teaches valuable lessons. In the story, Ebeneezer Scrooge begins by having no feelings for anything or anybody. In the end, he changes from his gloomy, dark self. Charles Dickens expresses through a Christmas Carol that kindness can lead to happiness. A Christmas Carol shows how the Christmas spirit and caring people can change a person and their outlook on life.
A Christmas Carol is a secular story of Christmas time in an urban setting (Perdue 141). The story tells the sacred story of Christmas as well. Ebeneezer Scrooge is a miserable but wealthy business man. He is selfish and treats everyone, even his own nephew, badly. Bob Cratchit is Ebeneezer Scrooge's nephew. Scrooge despises Christmas. He calls it, "Humbug!". Charles Dickens wrote his book during the Industrial Revolution, which is reflected in the character of Ebeneezer Scrooge. He is mean and hateful and could care less about his workers. In the story when two men came into his shop asking for a donation, Scrooge tells them that if they die it would just help the population problem. Bob Cratchit is Scrooge's nephew who works for him. He gets paid very little and can barely afford to support his family. His son is barely clinging to life and Cratchit is unable to afford proper care for his son. But he still manages to have the Christmas dinner prepared and he doesn't let his unfortunate situation destroy his Christmas spirit. Bob Cratchit represents the working class that do their best to survive and are just thankful to be alive.
Charles Dickens is able to express in his book social injustice (Perdue 142). He lives very well and is very rich yet his own nephew can't even make ends meet. Scrooge isn't even willing to help out his own relative. Dickens shows this very clearly in his book which is good. It makes you feel bad for Cratchit and makes you only hope that Scrooge can change for the better which keeps you interested in the book because you want to know what happens.