Not a lot of people had such an impact on our modern and warmhearted celebration of Christmas quite like Charles Dickens did. The publishing of the “Christmas Carol’ was not only a literary success but also a milestone in changing European attitudes towards Christmas.
The story itself is composed of staves which show the transformation of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge. He is haunted by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of the Past, the Present and ghost of Christmas Yet to come. The whole visuals change Scrooge’s behavior and he turns into a warm, kind man, loving Christmas and supporting it with his whole heart and a deep pocket.
The book had an immense, actual impact on the European society and introduced a humanitarian vision of the festivities. Dickens was highly influenced by his poor impoverished upbringing of boom decades of the 1830s and 1840s Britain, which is reflected in his works. In his actions, the author always tried to highlight the need of care for the poor, the homeless and the urgency to eradicate childhood illiteracy and poverty. Dickens saw the need of a social change towards those problems and figured that the best way of doing so was writing a metaphorical, Christmas story.
Highly successful, the success of this touching tale can be measured not only in the millions of its copies sold but also in the impact it generated.