Stave five[ edit ] Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning a changed man. The change in circumstances gave him what his biographer, Michael Slater, describes as a "deep personal and social outrage", which heavily influenced his writing and outlook.
The first printing contained drab olive endpapers that Dickens felt were unacceptable, and the publisher Chapman and Hall quickly replaced them with yellow endpapers, but, once replaced, those clashed with the title page, which was then redone. Background[ edit ] Dickens at the blacking warehouse, as envisioned by Fred Barnard The writer Charles Dickens was born to a middle-class family which got into financial difficulties as a result of the spendthrift nature of his father John.
In the lead up to, and during, the Great DepressionDavis identifies that while some see the story as a "denunciation of capitalism, The treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?
His charwomanlaundress and the local undertaker steal his possessions to sell to a fence. But Dickens was having a go at his complacent readers - he was chastising them about their own ignorance - an ignorance that was in many cases a wilful ignoring of the plight of their fellow Londoners.