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A Christmas Carol - short review

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Introduction

A Christmas Carol was published on 17th December 1843 in Victorian England. Victorian England was not a very nice place to live and Charles Dickens didn't have the best childhood; his father was a clerk who was taken away from him and imprisoned when he was 12. Some people say this was how he became such a good writer - from all the problems he had as a child. England was a horrible place during these times - for example, there was child labour, where people got children to clean their chimneys as they were small enough, but it turned out the soot from the chimneys was carcinogenic, meaning it activated cancerous cells. There was also the Poor Law Act, which meant if you had lost an arm and were unable to work you had no way of gaining money. People also believed that you had to have money to be gentleman. There was the class system that meant if you were born into a working class family you would often die in a working class family - there were few chances to become rich and famous. ...read more.

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In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is the novel's protagonist. We know this as everything in the book has some sort of connection with him. In the novel Scrooge is represented as a misanthropist, i.e. a person who hates his fellow men. This kind of novel where a person changes their whole way of life from badness to goodness is known as a bildungsroman. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol partly to make people aware of the terrible plight of the children of the poor. Some people may not like Dickens's novels but there are a lot of people who thought of Charles Dickens as a brilliant novelist and a great man. Here are just a few quotes from newspapers and from other authors. The Sunday Observer (12th June 1870) "In reality his target is not so much society as human nature." George Orwell on Dickens (1939) The critic, Sealy, claimed that: "Dickens believed in the power of imagination, that it can create o revolution of the human heart, just as his characters were transformed by the ghosts they conjured up. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry." As Scrooge is a workaholic he hates to spend his money no matter what the cause. These are only a few example of Scrooge's meanness. However Scrooge does change by the end of the novel. When he realises there is still time for him to change, "I should have given him something." Here Scrooge feels sorry for the young boy that came to his door singing Christmas Carols as he didn't give him anything - he just closed the door in his face. "A merrier Christmas Bob my good fellow than I have given for you for many a year." Scrooge has undergone a miraculous change after the visit of the ghost of Christmas future. Clearly we can see the difference in Scrooge's personality from the text. 'A Christmas Carol' was written by Charles Dickens in order to warn people of the terrible plight of the poor children. The moral of 'A Christmas Carol' is that you should be nice to people while you still can, so maybe they'll have happier memories of you when you're gone, and that it is never too late to change. Gary McLoughlin S2B GCSE English coursework ...read more.

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