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A Christmas Carol - How does Dickens portray Scrooge?

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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Scrooge is represented from the beginning as a miserable old man being described as a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" I think this a perfect description of him in one sentence. People know Scrooge well and avoid him, this suites Scrooge because he does not like other people and not a big fan of being sociable. The name 'Scrooge' was created by Dickens and is now well known in the dictionary as someone that is mean, this is basically what Scrooge is in the novel, a symbol of meanness. It is described that the people know Scrooge well and avoid him as much as possible. Although this suites him well because he does not like other people, and is not sociable in any way. Dickens makes you dislike Scrooge from the very beginning by using a number of methods such as, the described setting and Scrooge, how he treats the poor, the language used etc. ...read more.

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A quote from this describes his physical appearance "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice." The language he uses here is very descriptive and he describes each feature of Scrooge in a very unappealing way to the reader. Another quote from this paragraph shows Scrooges personality "External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he," This once again has very descriptive language used, basically implying that he is a cold hearted; bitter old man. Both of these previous quotes put together portrays an image of Scrooge in the readers mind as being stern looking; cold hearted; old man; that keeps himself to himself. In this paragraph I am going to look at the social, historical and cultural context of the novel. ...read more.

Conclusion

of the Victorian era of meanness, the way he is portrayed gives you hatred towards him and therefore does not make you want to be like him, as he badly treats the poor and selfish with his money. Dickens' message is very clear that, is you are not kind to people then you will have something bad happen to you in your afterlife. This is proved clear when Marley's ghost appears, and explains to Scrooge that there is "'No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse'" as he when he was living acted just as Scrooge does. Dickens portrays Scrooge in many different but excellent ways and makes you feel a real sense of hatred for him by doing this. By setting the novel in the Victorian era it helps to create an image of the destitute poor and how badly people like Scrooge treat them. The actual setting he is in is similar to Scrooges personality and features, the use of similes and other descriptive language all add to Scrooges nasty nature. To sum up what the reader is encouraged to feel in the first chapter is basic hatred for Scrooge. EMMA PARRISH 23/11/2004 GCSE ENGLISH A Christmas Carol 1 ...read more.

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