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    How does Dickens present the theme of responsibility in 'A Christmas Carol'?

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    he presents it with the '2 Portly Gentlemen'
    he presents it in the novel as a whole

    ^^ Any help with this is appreciated! xx Thankyouuu
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    How does Dickens present the theme of responsibility in 'A Christmas Carol'?

    Mention how

    he presents it with the '2 Portly Gentlemen'
    he presents it in the novel as a whole

    ^^ Any help with this is appreciated! xx Thankyouuu
    The 2 portly gentlemen are the reader first introduction to responsibility. Scrooge's aggressive tone brings to light the harsh reality of early 19th century society. Many of the Victorian society thought this way. Scrooge's questioning "Are there no workhouses?" would have a shock to the upper class. This is because whilst many of them thought this way, scrooge is described as an "oyster" even to the upper class who would have thought that he was rude or cold. The upper class thought that the lower class were poor because they were "idle" however the portly hint at the face that the "workhouse" are inhumane and they would rather "die" than go there. This forced the upper class to face their actions and force them to start to understand this idea of responsibility. This is at the centre of Dickens' message to raise awareness of how the poor are living and how they have no way out due to the ironically "idle" rich/ upper class.


    Hope this helps. For the novel part you could talk about how the ghost of Christmas Future opens Scrooge's eyes if everyone in his life had no responsibility.E.g. Miss Dilber having no responsibility to him so she sold his clothes however he was angry at that so it is contradictory. It also brings up the idea of selective responsibility.
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    (Original post by Charl2000)
    How does Dickens present the theme of responsibility in 'A Christmas Carol'?

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    he presents it with the '2 Portly Gentlemen'
    he presents it in the novel as a whole

    ^^ Any help with this is appreciated! xx Thankyouuu
    Hi there :wavey:
    I've moved your thread to the English study help forum where hopefully you'll get more answers In future, it's best to select the subject from the list here and create a thread in there instead :yep: If you want to see where threads belong, check out this thread
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    The 2 portly gentlemen are the reader first introduction to responsibility. Scrooge's aggressive tone brings to light the harsh reality of early 19th century society. Many of the Victorian society thought this way. Scrooge's questioning "Are there no workhouses?" would have a shock to the upper class. This is because whilst many of them thought this way, scrooge is described as an "oyster" even to the upper class who would have thought that he was rude or cold. The upper class thought that the lower class were poor because they were "idle" however the portly hint at the face that the "workhouse" are inhumane and they would rather "die" than go there. This forced the upper class to face their actions and force them to start to understand this idea of responsibility. This is at the centre of Dickens' message to raise awareness of how the poor are living and how they have no way out due to the ironically "idle" rich/ upper class.


    Hope this helps. For the novel part you could talk about how the ghost of Christmas Future opens Scrooge's eyes if everyone in his life had no responsibility.E.g. Miss Dilber having no responsibility to him so she sold his clothes however he was angry at that so it is contradictory. It also brings up the idea of selective responsibility.
    Thank you for your help!
 
 
 
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