Re: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Dickens wrote in the wake of British government changes to the welfare system known as the Poor Laws, changes that required among other things, welfare applicants to work on treadmills. Dickens asks, in effect, for people to recognize the plight of those whom the Industrial Revolution has displaced and driven into poverty, and the obligation of society to provide for them humanely. Failure to do so, the writer implies through the personification of Ignorance and Want as ghastly children, will result in an unnamed "Doom" for those who, like Scrooge, believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgment of the poor rather than to assist them.
Some critics like Restad have suggested that Scrooge's redemption underscores what they see as the conservative, individualistic, and patriarchal aspects of Dickens's 'Carol philosophy', which propounded the idea of a more fortunate individual willingly looking after a less fortunate one. Personal moral conscience and individual action led in effect to a form of 'noblesse oblige' which was expected of those individuals of means.
Comment: Not much has changed. The rightwingnutjabbering monetary royalists still believe God gave them their money & that they can take it with them beyond the grave to Cloud Cuckoo Land. (Maybe they're correct...Its Xmas. I can afford to be charitable.)
BTW--I believe the action of the story takes place over a period of something like 3 days. Jesus in the Sepulchre? Lazarus in his tomb? Ebenezer Scrooge is essentially himself a Christ figure. A walking deadman transformed by Love back into a human being again. He obviously wasn't always a Tory...
I'm just kidding. Not all conservatives are rotten to the core. (Just most of them...Only joking...) [???] Fascists & their ilk are another story.
Not all liberals-progressives-commies are nice people. No good person is entirely good. No evil person is entirely evil. [Krishna to Arjuna in The Bhagavad-Gita.]
Namaste. Blessed be.