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'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens in 1843

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'A Christmas Carol' Coursework Essay 'A Christmas Carol' is a Victorian tale that is loved by millions worldwide. It was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and combines the harsh reality of poverty in Victorian times with the joy of Christmas and ghosts. The reason why we celebrate at Christmas is due to Charles Dickens himself. With food, parties and festive spirit. The story also has a moral to it. It focuses around one man-Ebenezer Scrooge-his greed for money, his hate for Christmas and a journey through past, present and future. There is a lot of festive spirit in this book. At Mr Fezziwigs party people are celebrating that they don't have to work. 'Yo ho my boys!' Said Mr Fezziwig . 'No more work tonight, Christmas Eve Dick. Christmas Ebenezer'. At the Crachit household the children are all eagerly awaiting their Christmas dinner, even tiny Tim. 'One murmur of delight arose all around the board and even tiny Tim, excited by the two young Crachits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife and feebly cried hurrah!' ...read more.

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'Tell me if tiny Tim will live'. The spirit spoke doubtfully. When hearing the doubt in the spirits voice, Scrooge becomes distressed. 'No no' said Scrooge, 'Oh kind spirit say he will be spared'. The ghost replies 'If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population'. When Scrooge hears his own words repeated by the spirit he feels ashamed and is 'overcome with penitence and grief'. The ghost of Christmas future scares Scrooge into change through fear of what may be. The ghost shows Scrooge a dead man, and a couple that are happy to hear of the dead mans death. Scrooge is saddened by the fact that the only people who care about the mans death only show happiness. 'Is there any person in the town who feels emotion caused by this mans death' said scrooge quite agonised. 'Let me see some tenderness connected with a death' said scrooge. You notice that Scrooge has changed as he actually begins to show emotion towards a dead man that he doesn't know, but really that man turns out to be Scrooges future self, although he yet does not know it. ...read more.

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Scrooge's cold attitude is that if you can't support yourself then you shouldn't be alive. Ebenezer Scrooge in this tale is portrayed as a very cold-hearted man. Dickens is very clever at creating his characters, they are either kind hearted good characters much like the Crachits, or bad tempered and grumpy like Mr Scrooge. There are no in between, half bad half good characters, whether they are good or bad Charles Dickens will emphasize it. Overall 'A Christmas Carol' is a classic family novel, it has a happy ending, but it also has a moral to it. It's a story of change-for the better-for one man and I think that being set in Victorian times helps emphasize how hard those times really were and just how much spending time with your family meant. It was the one-day of the year the whole family could have off work. Although Christmas time was no more than a religious holiday in Victorian times, Charles Dickens made it more than that; he added joy and a lot of festive spirit. In this book I think Dickens tries to show how self-serving, insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, warm hearted people. ...read more.

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