A Christmas Carol

How does Dickens present poverty through the Cratchit family?

Including quotes from their christmas dinner.

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Dickens presents poverty as a state rather than a condition. The Cratchits had little money, but what they did have made them happy. Little things were gifts.... they found their joy in being together.

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He exposes the unfair treatment of the poor and shows that the stereotypes that the poor are lazy are untrue, which he does by using the Cratchits, in order to show what living in poverty is like. He goes beyond simple definitions of rich and poor, showing that people can be rich in other ways than money, like in happiness.