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A Christmas Carol

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Introduction

A Christmas Carol. A Christmas carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843, it is based around the character of Scrooge, and a journey he has on the night of Christmas Eve. The theme of this book is that of social injustice and poverty, their causes and effects. Scrooge is a tight-fisted, cold-hearted, selfish man at the begging of the book, this is shown greatly through his description "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice ..." this suggests a man who you would not like to cross or do anything that would get you in his bad books. I will be looking at how the different characters in this book change scrooge at the end of the novel. At the beginning of the book Scrooge is in his house having a little supper when he gets a visit from his old college Jacob Marley. Marley having died beforehand is naturally a ghost in this novel and plays a vital roll in setting up what will happen in the remainder of the story. ...read more.

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Scrooge is still scared of the ghosts; you can see this as there is a hint of fear in his use of words. Scrooge wakes up in his bed saying it was all a dream, when he hears something from the adjoining room he goes to investigate and finds the Ghost of Christmas Present. The second ghost is sat in a throne of Christmas food and drink that you would normally find in the Christmas feast. This spirit is very tall, almost giant like, and wears a coat of green trimmed with fur. He takes Scrooge through the bussing streets of London town on the current Christmas morning but a few hours in advance. As they go through London the Ghost repeatedly sprinkles Christmas cheer on passersby. They go and look upon the Cratchet family's Christmas dinner and see the gentleness of their youngest son Tiny Tim, the spirit tells Scrooge of Tiny Tim's fait if nothing is changes. Upon hearing this news Scrooge becomes distraught and wants to change Tim's future, this is expressed though the use of emotional language portrayed for Scrooge's character, his language becomes more empathetic towards things, then bob reluctantly toasts scrooge which is followed by a "shadow lasting five minutes", showing what the majority of people think of him. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the novel Scrooge changes his ways and buys the biggest turkey at the butchers for the Cratchets but sends it anonymously, he also goes to his nephews Christmas party and enjoys himself. When he goes back to work and Bob walks in he pretends to be his old grumpy self but then livens up to reveal his change. He helps Bob and his family with finance and other things they needed, he also becomes an adoptive uncle to Tiny Tim. His reputation is changed from a grumpy old man to a well respected man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. This story is all about how money separates people into separate groups, the wealthy and the poor, and how losing someone can change a person into being a cold-hearted person who only thinks of themselves. During this novel Scrooge's personality and view of Christmas and all things gradually changes with the more he sees of other people lives and has a shock realisation of what people think of him causing him to change his ways. This could help people to realise that there are more people in the world that need help and that if you just stopped to look you could see what was wrong and help others greatly. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kat MacAskill ...read more.

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