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a christmas carol essay Explore the theme of a change in Christmas carol by Charles Dickens"

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Saad Ijaz 11xr Mr. Parry English group 11x3 A Christmas carol essay "Explore the theme of a change in Christmas carol by Charles Dickens" The Christmas carol is a story, which can be called novella (a big story but short for a novel). Charles Dickens wrote this in 1843 and it soon became a very famous book. The character that I will be looking at who changes in this novel is Scrooge. Ebenezer Scrooge is known as a very selfish, stingy and cruel man. Scrooge runs his own business that provides him with lots of wealth but it's his heart that never shows any goodness. His former business partner was Jacob Marley who died seven years ago in the novella. So to start of Scrooge's reclamation from a misanthropist to a philanthropist he meets his former business partner Jacob Marley's spirit. Jacob was a character who had a heart just like Scrooge, which is probably why they liked working together, and they were very successful. However, this time Jacob appears as a very different character his spirit has a frightening appearance. He is chained from his feet to his arms and he comes to Scrooge as a beggar or desperate for help. His purpose to be there is to warn Scrooge of a future as miserable as his. He tells Scrooge that three sprits would visit him and show him the past, present and the future. ...read more.


Scrooge once again as he did to his previous childhood he gave sympathy to tiny Tim. Tim was in danger of death from illness and before Scrooge would have thought that deaths would decrease the population in this country and therefore les people have to share their money. However he doesn't even dare think about tiny Tim that way in fact he gives a special concern, he asks the spirit "is there any chance that boy will be spared!". The ghost replies that at the moment there is none but if things change then tiny Tim might have the ability to stay alive. Scrooge in reply to that holds his head in disbelief. This shows definitely that Scrooge is not the same character any more, he is much more dissimilar and changed his attitude. When Jacob cratchit wants to drink to Scrooge his family object and say that why should we drink to a mean and selfish bastard. Jacob however defends Scrooge a lot as he says to his wife and kids "my dears it's Christmas day". For the sake of it everyone drinks to Scrooge and caries on talking about something else. When Scrooge sees this himself he feels that lack of respect, which he doesn't deserve but Jacob certainly gives him some. Scrooge feels extremely miserable about this and it's a part that changes him. The spirit then takes Scrooge to his nephew's house who is rich and wealthy just like Scrooge but unlike Scrooge he is celebrating Christmas and having fun. ...read more.


It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost. The ending is near and now Scrooge as he told the spirit has dramatically changed. He is now a totally different and new character. To identify his new change Scrooge quickly tells a young boy to run to the shop and tell the butcher to buy the largest turkey available and bring it over. Surprisingly the boy would even get paid for his help, which Scrooge would totally never even think about doing. Scrooge pays the butcher money to go and drop the turkey at Jacob cratchit's house and not to mention that it was from Scrooge. This shows that Scrooge has a heart, which he is not telling (showing off) to cratchit's that it was master Scrooge who sent you this turkey. Finally when Scrooge sees Jacob at work he raises his salary. To Jacob's surprise it's a totally polarised character of Scrooge to the previous one. The one happy thing about cratchit family was that tiny Tim survived so Scrooge had got what he wished the poor boy to be spared. The main catalyst for the change was al the spirits and people that Scrooge saw in his exploration. The novella contains a message from Dickens (didactic), which is: we all can change for different reasons, we are changeable. We need to understand the moral and theme that dickens has chosen for this book. * The reality chance of a change * The true meaning of Christmas * The good and bad ways of using money * A person's offences carry its own punishments. Word count= 1,927 ...read more.

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