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"A Christmas Carol" as an Allegory.

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"A Christmas Carol" as an Allegory I read and studied "a Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Dickens was born on the 7th of February 1812 at Portsea in Hampshire. He had eight brothers and sisters who all lived with their parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens worked in series of different places and had to continuously move houses to avoid paying his debts. However, these were probably the high pints of Charles childhood as they were soon shipped back to London where his father's debts became inferior. Charles had to depart school early and work to try and help his dad's economic problems. Nevertheless, John Dickens was arrested and sent to Marshalsea, a prison for debtors and soon after, the rest of the family followed him. As john's mother died in 1824, they were released from prison but spent the rest of their lives worrying about returning there. Charles resumed his school education and achieved the role of a clerk for a solicitor. Charles started his writing career by publishing short stories in local magazines and newspapers. It wasn't until the 1840s that he started writing "A Christmas Carol". During this time, the area in which he lived in was congested with poverty. ...read more.


At this time, the Poor Law amended the Act of 1834 which abolished outdoor relief and established workhouses for the poor, which resembled prisons. Conditions were extremely poor. The work was tedious and the food was insufficient. Men, women and children were divided and the system was feared by them all. Dickens also thought that this system was inhumane. He attacked this system in "Oliver Twist" and highlighted the attitudes which had created it in "A Christmas Carol". This shows that the book was written at this time in history because it coincided with the Poor Law amendment which features in "A Christmas Carol". The author begins by describing Scrooge. We are told of how parsimonious he is. He is described as a: "squeezing, grasping, wrenching, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" The author the goes onto describe his face; he tells us of a crooked nose and cold sharp features. This gives us a cold mental picture of Scrooge without even hearing a word from him. These words paint a very grim picture of Scrooge but never the less an accurate description. They clearly emphasise the eventual change that transpire within Scrooge. We have four ghosts in "A Christmas carol". ...read more.


Girded round its middle was an antique scabbard; but no sword was in it. And the ancient sheath was eaten up with rust". This is once again a warning ghost. A ghost who is there to warn scrooge what his actions are doing to other people. The last of the ghosts is the "Ghost of Christmas yet to come". Like all the other spirits this is described in tremendous detail, but in a slightly different way to the others. The others were definitely impressive, but the last one is shrouded in mystery and the classic tension and atmosphere starts to build-up. This is how it is described. "It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible, save one outstretched hand. But for this, it would have been difficult to detach its finger from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded." We now get into the more eerie feel. If we look at the characters which are not ghost but highly needed in the story we have the victims. There are two of these in "A Christmas Carol". They are Bob Cratchit and, of course, none other then Ebenezer Scrooge. Although Bob isn't a victim of the haunting's. Jamal Muse 10H ...read more.

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