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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens "An unsurpassed blending of vibrant story telling and social conscience" .Dickens achieves such storytelling through a clever use of words woven into both a vibrant story and an analysis of the current centauries social failings. The story follows Scrooge, an old unkind grouch whose actions are usually of a cruel and heartless nature. Even his attitude to the current month of Christmas is that it is merely a waste of time that could be used for more work. It's interesting that Dickens has chosen such a cruel man as the main character; however his intentions are that this will highlight to an extreme the poverty that the secondary characters are shown in. Dickens example of such less well off characters is his main employee is a young worker named Bob Cratchitt, a poor man who lives in poverty with his family and there young crippled son Tiny Tim. Scrooge cares nothing for the poor and only sees Bob as his clerk. This was common at the time that the book was set as the poor were often forgotten, frowned upon and mistreated. Poverty was one of the key points that Dickens tries to put forward in the book to try and influences people's attitudes towards the poor. ...read more.

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Shows us Scrooge's devolving character. The last ghost of Christmas future serves as the chapter of change. He we learn of what will come. When Scrooge sees his own death and how he is viewed by others now he has passed on. This acts as the closing of this part of the book and brings the book back into a more realistic phase. The last chapter shows how Scrooge changes. His actions are now of a good nature. His reaction of the poor is now that he should help. This transformation shown by the ghosts, although an obvious fictional example it still displays a clear message that people can change no matter what. Dickens hoped that his readers would take notice of this and strive to change themselves and become more aware of their surroundings. Through clever use of story telling Dickens uses his trade marked detailed style to create a picture of the characters. The character of scrooge is devolved throughout the book showing three different phases of him. The first phase of scrooge we see is the mean old man Ebenezer Scrooge. He is ported as an uncaring old man who likes nothing more than his money and his work. He is ported as having no weakness however as mentioned earlier Dickens may have deliberately pointed out a small weakness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Bob Cratchitt could be shown as Scrooges second stage, a frail old man but with a strong heart and lastly Scrooges nephew is shown to be what scrooge can become. Successful and happy. These three characters act as axis to drive the story forward whilst also portraying symbolic meanings of scrooge himself. During the story one of Dickens's main aims is to relate to his audience and discuss problems in every day life style yet not make them too obvious to readers. His first idea is the Portrayal of the poor. In those days the poor where often forgotten and regarded as lesser beings and were never really thought upon by others. Dickens tries to change this by giving the idea that people should help the poor. He uses the character of Scrooge as an extreme example of how people can change and make a difference to the people who live in poverty. Dickens is trying to raise social awareness directly as apposed to just telling the people by intertwining his messages into a story. His second achievement in the book is the view of Christmas being a family occasion. Before then Christmas was indeed a time to celebrate but I was never though of as a day that all family should get together. Dickens tries to explain the importance of this through the Cratchitt family, and that family can help the relationships between people on Christmas grow. ?? ?? ?? ?? A.D. David Chapman ...read more.

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