A Christmas Carol

In stave 3, how does the detail of the children on the spirit’s legs contribute to the overall text?

It’s from a commonlit packet.

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Scrooge sees under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present, two children, whose names show that they are symbols: Ignorance and want. They are your standard impoverished Dickensian children; they are ragged in clothes, dirty and starving. The children add to the motif of the vulnerable and the meek suffering while men like Scrooge hoard their money.