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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol could be described as a Victorian ghost story, set at Christmas, in London, 1843, it can however be seen that there are several levels to the story and a deeper meaning which includes redemption and charity. Charles Dickens wrote the book to show the middle class of London the dismay of poverty. He set it at Christmas because his readers, being preached charity at this time may have more empathy for the paupers that he wished to help. In the opening of the book there is a distinctive coldness to everything. Dickens portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge shows him to be a cold and dismal man, living in a city where beggars and paupers live on the streets. "He carried his own low temperature always about with him" , "Oh! But he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge.". meaning Scrooge loved having money, and didn't want to spend it. He is a cynical man, who seeks comfort in his money. "... secret, and self contained, and solitary as an oyster!" which depicts Scrooge as this old, cold, self contained, tight fisted man, who has cut himself off from the world, he doesn't communicate with people, containing his money as an oyster does its pearl. ...read more.


Later a cynical, yet startled Scrooge finished searching his house, he sits down with his gruel, and begins to eat, soon however to be interrupted by the ghost of his ex business partner Jacob Marley. Marley was much like Scrooge in life, cold and uncaring but now he is miserable because of it. He is bound by a heavy chain that he says he had forged in life when he was thinking only about making money instead of helping those around him. Jacob warns that Scrooge shares the same fate, but his chain has had 7 more years of forging, meaning his is longer. He tells Scrooge that he is to be visited by 3 spirits during the night, and what will happen if he does not change his ways and redeem himself of all his selfish acts. As Marley had proclaimed, the ghosts of the Christmas past, present and future visit Scrooge and help him see how his behaviour has impacted on his life, and the way that he is treated by other people as a consequence. The first of the three spirits to visit Scrooge is the ghost of Christmas past "the curtains of his bed were drawn aside; and scrooge found himself face to face with the unearthly visitor who drew them". ...read more.


In the end, scrooge is the opposite of his former self. Similes such as "solitary as an oyster" and "the cold within him froze his old features" were used to describe his personality, however at the end; Scrooge is portrayed as being warm hearted and "merry as a School boy". The biggest progression in Scrooges personality is when he is with the final spirit, the ghost of Christmas yet to come, where Scrooge is being show his own grave. "Spirit! Hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must haven been but for this intercourse! Good spirit, I will honour Christmas in my heart, and keep it all the year! After scrooge awakens in his bed, he rushes to the cold window "piping for the blood to dance to". Dickens description of the weather changes completely. The weather is still the same, cold and bleak, but its now being viewed with a new attitude. Scrooge sees a boy in the street and shouts to him "what's today, my fine fellow?" . Soon after, Scrooge is with his nephew, sending turkeys to Bob Cratchit's, singing and rising Cratchit's salary. Scrooge is a Changed man at the end of the book. There is an extreme transformation in Scrooges Character .He is no longer lonely, he is good hearted, and kind. Luke Ellis 4th form 1 ...read more.

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