It’s A Wonderful Life For A Christmas Carol

Both Charles Dickens and Frank Capra were poets at heart. Poets have a mystical sensibility. Neither artist, Dickens or Capra, were religious. However, both used spiritual devices for added narrative depth. Both men grew up in poverty, which shaped their story telling and world view. Poverty can kill the spirit, or provoke ones spirit. Poverty is violence at a distance, impersonally imposed and maintained, not by action, but neglect, one must neglect their humanity to look on poverty and justify it.

These were the main themes of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, demonstrating how heartlessness and callous disregard manifest in the mind of mankind.

Dickens and Capra’s stories alluded to a reality past Victorian London, Bedford Falls, or Pottersville. An overarching mystical/spiritual dimension that works through mankind. An ‘angelic realm’ that acts not so much as a guide, but as a mirror. Capitalism is an economic system that can often cause a careless disregard for the greater good of oneself, as in Scrooge, or the community as a whole, as characterized by Mr. Potter. The spirit presence as expressed in both movies, exhibited for Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey their unseen effects on those around them, Bailey’s positive consequences, and the effect of Scrooge’s indifference to those in his life, especially significant for his clerk, Bob Cratchit and his handicapped son. Clarence, George Bailey’s angel says to Bailey:”Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

via It’s A Wonderful Life For A Christmas Carol.

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