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A Christmas Carol - Aspects that would appeal to the 18th century audience and the modern day audience.

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A Christmas Carol - Aspects that would appeal to the 18th century audience and the modern day audience I feel that the modern day audience would find it almost shocking, that people lived in such poverty accepting their life. It just wouldn't be acceptable by modern day standards. I could feel the atmosphere of depressing 19th century England when it described how nothing could influence scrooge no "external heat or cold", "no warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. "No wind that blew was bitterer than him", he was indeed extremely bitter and almost full of hate, and I almost feel that nothing could touch him or have any impact on how he is feeling. The depression of the weather on Christmas Eve, how the darkness feels at just gone three, "candles flared up at the windows of the neighbouring offices". "How the fog came pouring in at every at every chink and keyhole", I felt I could see Scrooge walking down from his office in the narrowest streets, dingy and cold, I could almost 'smell' the damp and fog. ...read more.


comforter exclusive of the fringe, hanging down before him, and his threadbare clothes darned up and brushed, to look seasonable, with tiny Tim upon his shoulders." Modern day audiences would find it almost unacceptable to 'make do and mend'. For a child to be so seriously disabled and to have to get about on his little crutch, "his active little crutch was heard upon the floor and back came tiny Tim before another word was spoken," I could imagine the flooring and the poor child getting about with so little home comforts. Yet the book describes him as a pleasurable, well behaved child, surely with all his suffering and disabilities you would expect him to throw the odd tantrum due to frustration. Modern day audience would find it very interesting that people travelled by cart and again the 'shadowy' carts describes a very dark, wintry scene, almost damp, hearing the horses hooves. ...read more.


A happy new year to the entire world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!" I think maybe the audience would feel a sense of relief that he was able to put things right and reach a satisfactory conclusion. "Scrooge was better than his word. He did it more and infinitely more; and to tiny Tim who did not die." Scrooge had no further visits from any of the spirits and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well. A very obvious technique in this story is the extensive use of dialogue (speech) to show what people think or feel. Dickens writes speech like a dramatist: it is interesting that so many film and television dramatizations of A Christmas Carol have been made. It is a convenient length and has an almost ready-made screenplay in the passages of conversation. The language would have been very different between the two century's and this is noticeable in the play. Today there is far more slang and in the 19th century it would have been "posh" or well spoken dialect. Oliver Hayes ...read more.

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