The Idea Behind the Book
Charles Dickens was a passionate humanitarian and quite vocal about social causes. A Christmas Carol was a deliberate attempt to draw attention to the plight of London’s lower strata of civilization. Dickens was particularly concerned about the living conditions of children and the surprising lack of child labor laws.
As Christmas celebrations became more brazen and opulent over the years, Dickens decided to pen a Christmas story revolving around the issues so that more people paid attention to reality.
Charles Dickens used his power, position, money, and writing to raise awareness about serious causes like child neglect, hunger, juvenile delinquency, social inequality, lack of education, abuses of the wealthy, and poor living conditions.