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"A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens

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"A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens Charles Dickens lived in the 19th Century (1812-1870) until the age of 58, and in that time he wrote many books including "A Christmas Carol". Charles Dickens is one of the most wildly recognised writers in English history. During his life, he lived in London, in the Victorian times when people were either very rich, or very poor. Charles Dickens had a troubled childhood and lived in increasing poverty, his father at one time was in debtor's prison. In his novels Dickens told of the 'darkness' and his childhood experiences. He was haunted by his troubled childhood i.e. he knows what it is like to be poor and dependent, due to his father's mistakes. When writing his novels, which made Dickens very rich, he always remembered and thought of his troubled childhood upbringing. Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" to tell the people who had the money to help the poor people who did not have money although they worked very hard. A 'Christmas Carol' tells the story of a man called Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy man but described by Dickens as a 'wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner', 'hard and sharp as flint from which no steel ever struck out a generous fire.' ...read more.

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The Cratchitt children were happy and smiling and excited because it was Christmas. The youngest of the children was nicknamed Tiny Tim. He was very poorly, ' lame and walked with a small crutch '. " Tell me if Tiny Tim will live " cried Scrooge, " if these shadows remain unaltered by the future the child will die " said the ghost. " Oh no kind spirit, say he will be spared " said Scrooge. Slowly we begin to see a change in Scrooge's character. It is like Scrooge begins to be kind and hopes that little Tiny Tim will live although it is hard to believe it since we first learnt of Scrooge's heartless nature. The third and final visit was 'The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come '. This ghost led Scrooge into a town where there was lots of people. Scrooge overheard a group of men talking about somebody that had died - Scrooge did not realise that they were talking about him. The ghost then led him down a street ' foul and narrow ' where the ' people were half-naked, drunken and ugly '. The ghost took Scrooge to a dirty rotten house and up to one of the rooms where there was a group of people laughing and sneering at the dead body in the corner. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the first chapter Scrooge ' knew how to keep Christmas well ', meaning he knew how to keep Christmas to himself. By the last chapter Scrooge was described as ' knowing how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge ' meaning that he knew how to celebrate Christmas by sharing it with other people in a kind manner. Charles Dickens had shown us using a Christmas ghost novel, to teach us about how anybody can change. In the story Charles Dickens had used the four ghosts - Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future to change Scrooge, the intention is to haunt Scrooge in the Past, the Present, and the Future and that would change Scrooge into a better person -" to honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year ". Overall I think that Charles Dickens did managed to tell the richer people about the poor people in the Victorian age. Today ' A Christmas Carol ' is a very well known novel and a much loved Christmas ghost story that has been made into many different films and plays. Charles Dickens set out to write a novel that told the story of a man who changed throughout the course of the tale. He accomplished the task of bringing to the attention of the Victorian public how money can cause misery and how love can bring out a change in attitudes towards the poor. ...read more.

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