A Christmas Carol (Grades 9–1)  York Notes GCSE Revision Guide

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A Christmas Carol (Grades 9–1) York Notes

Charles Dickens

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1 Social justice

Dickens expresses his social concerns and urges compassion for those in need, showing the effects of poverty through references to hardship, workhouses, debt and prisons.

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2 Consequences

Dickens shows the consequences of political and social policy in Victorian England as Scrooge is forced to face the consequences of his choices and actions.

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3 Home and family

Examples such as Fred, the Fezziwigs and the Cratchits emphasise the value that Dickens places on the comforts and pleasures of home and family life.

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4 Christmas traditions

The novella defines the spirit of Christmas and its traditions by emphasising universal goodwill, compassion for the poor and family celebrations.

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5 Transformation and redemption

Scrooge’s transformation, and the forgiveness he receives from others, reflects the Christian idea of redemption for all who admit their mistakes and amend their lives.

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