In A Christmas Carol, what image of the Cratchit family does Dickens give us?

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Dickens presents the Cratchit family as the ideal embodiment of all the values he cherishes. They are a loving, close-knit family, always supporting each other through thick and thin. Though incredibly poor, they are still very grateful for what little they have in life. And despite having every right to complain about their lowly station in life, they choose not to; so they muddle along as best they can. Unlike Scrooge, the epitome of grasping materialism, they have a deep veneration for Christmas and the spiritual values it represents. Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim even find it within their hearts to say something good about Scrooge despite his miserliness. 

Throughout his work, Dickens showed great sympathy for the poor and downtrodden. At the same time, as we see in A Tale of Two Cities , Dickens didn't much care for social revolution, however sympathetic he may have been to the grievances of the poor. In that sense, the Cratchits' meek, uncomplaining acceptance of poverty fits in...

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