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"A Christmas Carol" reflects the social conditions in London in the Mid Nineteenth Century. What are the main elements of these and how does Dickens use his characters and story line to make his views clear to the reader? A Christmas Carol is a novel written by Charles Dickens who it so that he could make people aware of the appalling social conditions in Victorian England in the Mid nineteenth century. Dickens's aim was to raise awareness of the suffering led by the poor and destitute.

Dickens had two alternatives of getting his message across his first thought was to have a phamplet written called " An appeal to the people of England on behalf of a poor man's child". At this time Dickens was one of the most popular novelist of the day. He felt that he could get his message across clearly by writing a story called "A Christmas Carol" He wrote this story based upon his experiences he himself had to work in a blacking factory at the age of 12 due to his father being in debt.

As an adult Dickens visited the Field Lane Ragged school in 1843 where he was appalled by what he saw and therefore he wrote "A Christmas Carol" to explain to people how the poor and destitute lived.

The main character in the Novel is Ebeenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a moneylender who lends money to people and charges incredible high rates. These types of jobs in Victorian England were quite unpopular: "No beggars implored him to bestrow a trifle" This is suggesting that his jobs was so infamous that the poor had never approached him. Scrooge represents the wealthy uncaring section of society. It can be seen in the Novel that he is cold bitter tight fisted and ignorant.