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A Christmas Carol

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Christmas Carol 1. A Christmas Carol is a story all about the morals of Christmas time. The main character is Ebenezer Scrooge who is an old, grumpy man who is obsessed with money and he also hates everything about Christmas. The story is about the journeys Scrooge gets taking through the past present and future, by three different ghosts. Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, was born the 7th of February in 1812 and lived to the age of 58 where he died at Gad's Hill Place on June the 9th 1870. During his life he wrote many books including David Copperfield, A Dinner at Popular Walk and Oliver Twist. 2. At the beginning of the text scrooge is described in a way that makes you think he isn't a very nice person. "Hard and sharp as flint." You associate the noun flint with a cold, grey rock with no life in it. The word cold can sometimes be used to describe someone who has very little feelings about anybody else and is very self-centred. Another view on what the author could be trying to say about Scrooge is that he is very hard to get close to and talk to. I say this because of the word "sharp." The word sharp could mean he was sharp at the edges in a metaphoric way. This would mean that it is very hard to get close to him for fear of getting hurt. ...read more.

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The effect that the ghost of Jacob Marly has on Scrooge is that he makes him very worried about what's going to happen when he's dead and also makes him nervous about the three ghosts coming to see him. The ghost of Christmas past shows Scrooge how he was when he was a boy. He makes Scrooge regret bad things he had done earlier on that week. "There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something: that's all." This shows us that the ghost of Christmas past is starting to make Scrooge feel remorseful ll about some of the bad things he has done before. This could be because what the ghost is showing him about how he was when he was a young boy. The ghost of Christmas present shows Scrooge Christmas day. In particular the ghost shows Scrooge that even if you are poor, you should have a good time at Christmas. This is what the ghost says to Scrooge: "To any kindly given. To a poor one most." This is a quote from when Scrooge is asking about what the Ghost is sprinkling on the families. Scrooge asks him if the water that the ghost is sprinkling on people would make any body happy and the Ghost replies yes but a poor family need it most. This helps show scrooge that poor families are just as important at Christmas as rich ones, and they should all have a good time. ...read more.

Conclusion

I say this because people who read stories usually want them to have happy endings, such as this one. Another reason that the novel has a satisfying end is because as well as the ending being happy, the poor people in the story (the Cratchits) get to have a nice Christmas dinner and you get the feeling that little Tim will live much longer. Other stories which have a happy, moral ending include most fairy tales and books such as the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In this story good wins at the end and also they are able to find out that Lucy (the little girl) is not lying and she is happy again. This is another story that has stayed popular over time. There are a few reasons why this story has remained popular especially at Christmas. One of them is that the whole book is all about Christmas sprit and what it should be about. It also could help people who are a bit like Scrooge to also to see he error of there ways. It is also quite a good child's story as well as being popular with adults. 8. My own personal response to this text is that it is a very good novel. It has all the characteristics of a good novel and it keeps the reader turning the page. I did enjoy reading the text because it was interesting and it's very original. It is a perfect story for around the Christmas time and it is a brilliant example of Christmas sprit. ...read more.

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