How does Scrooge feel about giving to charity and helping the poor?
Scrooge sees nothing wrong with refusing to donate to charity because he believes that people in need of charity are all idle, and if they would work, they would not be in need. Scrooge’s interest should be in fellow human beings — in helping them and loving them — not in counting his own wealth.
Why do Ignorance and want cling to the Ghost?
Dickens refers to them as ‘monsters’ and the Ghost names the boy ‘Ignorance’ and the girl ‘Want’. Dickens presents them in this impersonal way to show that they are symbolic of the problems in society. They remain in ignorance because they have no right to education, and want because nobody is looking after them.
What did Scrooge say to the charity workers?
Scrooge refuses to give them a donation, claiming that the prisons and workhouses should provide for such people. He declares that if they cannot go to prison or the workhouses the poor should die ‘and decrease the surplus population’.
Why does Scrooge ask about the poor law?
Dickens portrays prisons as taking advantage of the poor, when society should be providing for them. Scrooge accosts them by asking if the prisons are operational, and specifically if the Poor Law is in effect. “Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge. “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.
What was Scrooge’s attitude to the poor and the unfortunate?
Initially, Scrooge finds the poor and poverty stricken to be an annoyance. He feels that they somehow deserve their plight and he should not be expected to prolong their miserable existence by giving charity. When a charity worker laments that people would rather die than go to the filthy workhouses, Scrooge replies:
What did Scrooge have to do with Christmas?
Scrooge is most characterized by his greed and lack of charity for others. He has no compassion and no empathy for the plight of the poor (or anyone else, for that matter). So, to him, Christmas seems wasteful.
What does Scrooge learn from the Cratchit home?
Scrooge sees how the poor appreciate the “brisk and not unpleasant type of music” and how “exchanging a facetious snowball” can breed community. This is eye- opening to Scrooge because the people he sees are not rich. No better is this shown than when he sees the Cratchit home. Scrooge is surprised to see the Ghost bless Cratchit’s poor dwelling.
What do the poor have in A Christmas Carol?
The poor have nothing but a meager allocation of bread and gruel. They would like a little more bread. Some meat would be a great kindness. Drink and warmth are a great extravagance. Scrooge will have none of this personal philanthropy.