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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote his novels during the Victorian times. Britain was a harsh place at this time with all the upper and lower courses being clearly split. Dickens himself grew up as part of the lower courses, and so he understood what it was like. It had been very tough for the poor to survive, a lot of these having no alternative except to enter the workhouses. This seemed to be the strangest spot to end up, as lots of people would rather have died than gone into the workhouses. When people went into the workhouses, they had been separated from their families, forced to work extended hours and fed at all. The workhouse system was the upper classes solution for poverty, but it didn't help whatsoever. The lower classes were still living very hard lives. Dickens published 'A Christmas Carol' at 1843 to attempt to deliver the lower courses hard lives to the interest of people that could do anything about it; the top courses. He chose to write a novel because he believed that more people would have a peek in a book instead of leaflet, since the mindset towards supporting the poor was not good. In the publication, the most important character, Scrooge, is utilized to personify the upper classes. The three ghosts have been utilised to demonstrate that the bad aren't all 'idle' and that some are genuinely in need. Before the ghosts came, Scrooge was 'sharp and hard as flint' and solitary as an oyster'. There is a great deal of descriptive terminology used about Scrooge (in the 6th - 8th sentences) by Dickens, which gives the impression that Scrooge was sour, lonely and cold. He believed that if people were bad, it wasn't his 'company' and that he just wanted 'to be left alone'. He refused to provide money to the poor in Christmas and sai...