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A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story Analysis

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Introduction

A Christmas Carol Lots of people take great pleasure in listening or telling ghost stories. People enjoy this because it gives them a chance to tell people maybe some of their own experiences, stories or their ideas. Some of these may be very scary and some may only be mildly scary. It is also a good way of socialising as you are talking to people and sharing experiences that people may find extremely interesting, resulting in them thinking you are very intellectual, as telling stories can be more in depth than just having a conversation. The usual setting for a ghost story is an image of darkness and fear, which is intended to bring across the image of fear on the reader and involve them in the story. In the actual ghost stories the image of a ghost is usually something that is scary, dead and wants to bring you harm in any way possible. They usually only appear in the dark as a story tends to be more fearful if the atmosphere and appearance of the story is dark, secluded and dirty. Although as you get older the whole image of a ghost changes it tends to become a more secluded, unknown creature or maybe a memory of a person and sometimes may not be scary, it can be friendly or somebody you may be able to make contact with. ...read more.

Middle

The first supernatural signs in the house were the bells ringing, this is when Scrooge starts to get nervous and scared, he still dismisses that it could be a ghost hence the phrase "humbug". Then the ghost of Marley appears and Scrooge says nothing, I get the feeling that Marleys ghost shouldn't be feared and is friendly if you like, I feel this because Marley looks the same as he did in his life form. So Scrooge who is usually a very stubborn and cold has now changed, at this time he is very spooked and is wary of what has just happened. Marley had appeared to warn Scrooge of what was to happen later that night, Scrooge still dismisses all of what happened and wont accept that a ghost can tell him what to do, later on in the story he realises that he was wrong. The first ghost appears differently to Marley's ghost. "It was a strange figure - like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from view, and being diminished to a child's proportion. ...read more.

Conclusion

This ghost I think is the perfect example of the image of ghost, it is scary and dark, it changed the whole atmosphere of the story and strikes fear into Scrooge. I think that Dickens has succeeded in creating a very successful ghost story that is effective, scary and interesting for all audiences. Dickens does very well in the way he contrasts all of the ghosts within the story, there are a number of different personalities within the ghosts, he changes from spooky to jolly and then fearful, this is in done by creating stages and builds up to the finale of the ghost of still to come is extremely spooky and intimidating. He has set the atmosphere by describing the setting of the rooms and surroundings and contrasting them with the ghost and mood or essence. I think the best ghost in the story is the last ghost as the story is after all meant to be a ghost story and is meant to be scary; the ghost really does set a scary mood. Overall the story a Christmas carol sets a very spooky mood that draws in the audience in and makes them want to carry on reading. ...read more.

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