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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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Sarah Lindsay English Pre- 20th Century Literature Coursework May 2001 A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Ebenezer Scrooge under goes an amazing transformation in the book a Christmas Carol. Using relevant quotations and detailed reference to the text, trace and explain how and why Scrooge changed. Explain what Dickens is trying to convey to the readers through this transformation and the story in general. Charles Dickens wrote the book "A Christmas Carol" in 1843. It was first publish in a newspaper, in sections, leading up to Christmas. The story proved to be very popular. So popular that the next year, 1844,it was republished as a book. This popularity is still constant to day, as it has been made into many films, which are shown every year at Christmas. It has also been adapted into many children's' stories, films, and books. The story was written to convey the concerns that Charles Dickens had about London at this time. The message was aimed at the middle class families of London. The message being that there were poor families around and they needed their help. It was no use to ignore them because that wouldn't make them go away. Dickens did not like the way poor people in London were treated. I think that by writing his novels show both richer families how poorer, less well off families live and it is a way for Dickens to release his emotional stress. When Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" he was already a famous writer. ...read more.

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It showed Scrooge his school and his school friends. I feel that Scrooge had forgotten them on his quest for money. Being shown them again reminded Scrooge that he did have friends once upon a time and that he hadn't always been with out them. "Why did his cold eye glisten, and his heat leap as they went past". This is one of the first signs that Scrooge is becoming human again. The Spirit also by doing this reminded Scrooge that he had not always been rich. He also used to have to stay in the schoolhouse over holidays, as his father would not have him home. His father blamed Scrooge for his mother's death, so the only source of love he had was from his sister Fanny. Whilst in the schoolhouse he read books to pass the time, Scrooge referred to the characters from the books as his friends. He must have been very lonely in that building all by himself at such a young age. The spirit also showed Scrooge his first love, Belle. Scrooge loved Belle with all his heart. She was beautiful and kind. Her and Scrooge were supposed to get married but they never did as Scrooge was too caught up in his money making to marry anyone. Belle told Scrooge this: "our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor." So you see making money had become Scrooge's life and not even his first love could distract him from it. ...read more.

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He also gives the charity workers the donation that they wanted the day before. Scrooge is so worried about Tim that he sends a large turkey round to the Cratchits on Christmas Day. Scrooge, in the end becomes Tim's second father. I think that this is something that Scrooge has always wanted to be. He respects the Spirits and vows to always live in the past, the present and the future and he will also never forget the lessons that the Spirits have taught him. Scrooge also goes round to his nephew's house for Christmas. He is kind to Fred's wife as well. He really enjoys himself and he eventually gets the reputation that if anyone knows how to keep Christmas well its Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge. There are many morals in this story. One is that you cannot change the past, you can either learn from it and move on or you don't. Another is that you can change the future by the present. You must always think about the way you are acting and how it will affect your future. Another is that just because you are rich doesn't make you better than everyone else. Poor people have just as much right to a good life as richer people. This story also shows that by ignoring a problem it doesn't go away. You need to confront it. I hope that by reading this book I will take on some of the moral and carry them with me for the rest of my life because they are some good moral to live by. By Sarah Lindsay ...read more.

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