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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens.

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Introduction

A Christmas Carol By Charles John Huffam Dickens The book, A Christmas Carol was written by Charles John Dickens in 1853. The author uses the tale of Christmastime to convey his personal, sombre emotions to the reader. Although A Christmas Carol is set in a different time period, even today it teaches valuable lessons to the reader. The main character of the story - Ebenezer Scrooge, begins by having no feelings for anything or anybody. However, as the story progresses he changes from his gloomy, ignorant perpetuating-self and by the conclusion of the yarn he is transformed into someone quite different. Charles Dickens expresses his thoughts about the state of Victorian society through A Christmas Carol with the sole moral that "kindness can lead to happiness" and the story shows how the Christmas spirit and caring people can change a person and their outlook on life. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable but wealthy business man. One could put his desolate existence down to his selfish heart and thoughts, as Scrooge treats everyone with a callous and nasty spirit. Understandably, Scrooge therefore despises Christmas, since Christmas is a festival of sharing, generosity and happiness - emotions that Scrooge doesn't believe in. In the tale, Scrooge's reaction to the mentioning of this secular festival is greeted with "Humbug!" ...read more.

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Charles Dickens is able to express through his story that society needs to live by these universal themes everyday and not just on holidays or special occasions like Christmas. A Christmas Carol is able to make the Victorian and modern day readers aware of their own attitudes and shows them a way to change for the better. We see the ghosts of Christmas visit Ebenezer Scrooge during the midsection of the narrative. The ghosts are introduced to Scrooge and the reader, by the ghost of his late business partner Jacob Marley. Jacob Marley's ghost warns Scrooge that he must change his ways. Marley's ghost is forewarning him that he will, like Jacob, be made to wear the chain that he "forged in life". The chain can be seen clearly in the video and is described as vividly in the text, linking with the money-gripped story so far by relating with Scrooges job: "It was made of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses wrought in steel". He also says that three ghosts are coming to see Scrooge, but before Scrooge can enquire any further, Marley is gone. Subsequently, the first ghost appears - the ghost of Christmas past. It is evident to the reader that at this stage, Scrooge is very afraid. ...read more.

Conclusion

The use of Christian imagery in the story can be put down to the dominance of the Christian church over the lives of normal people. Dickens intended to use this dominance to his advantage by referring to it as much as he could throughout the narrative. Charles Dickens also looked to religious beliefs and Christian values as a way to keep Christmas sacred and as a way to respond to the problems that society was facing at the time. Scrooge is warned in the story what is in store for him if he doesn't change his ways, and in the same way, Charles Dickens by writing this novel could have been helping to warn the people of England what was in store for them if they didn't seek reform. This was a book that was written at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens was trying to show the people of his time what can happen to a man if they become selfish, they turn mean and nasty but when they are able to see what is in store for them, they can change drastically. In conclusion, A Christmas Carol reveals that Scrooge had been misguided in his early life. However, he has eventually placed himself back onto the right road again by his redemption. Scrooge's life will be forever changed by his commitment to spreading Christmas and joy all year. Charles Dickens has shown that anyone can change no matter how sceptical they may be. ...read more.

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