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A Christmas Carol The book A Christmas Carol was published in 1843. Each stave was published weekly in a magazine. Charles Dickens (the author) has written many classic, famous novels. They were all very long and very complicated. He was only 58 years old when he died. One of the main reasons that all of this is important is because they were written in a time where there was a great interest in novels. This is because it was written in the Victorian times. Also this made it popular because it made people interested and made people buy it each week; this made it quite a social thing and people would talk about it. This made people develop more of and interest. This gave Charles dickens more of a reputation which makes more people read his books. Christmas Carol was set in London this makes it popular as it is the capital and it is easy to relate to. Also it was set in the winter which is a season everyone likes because of Christmas. Now the festival is celebrated greatly. Then it wasn't celebrated as much and Dickens became known for restarting the interest and putting the fun back into it. ...read more.


There are several aspects about this stave which makes the novel popular and entertaining; one of these is Bob Cratchitt. At the start Bob Cratchitt is treated quite badly and you instantly feel sorry for him. "His fire looks like one coal." With this dismal fire bob Cratchitt pathetically tries to warm his hands up; this adds to the sympathy you feel for him. We also feel sorry for him as scrooge makes them work in separate rooms, this makes you feel that scrooge wants them to work silently and formally. This gives scrooge as sense of power and gives the image that he is better than everyone else. Dickens also contrasts Bob Cratchitt from scrooge. Scrooge is cold and mean whereas Bob Cratchitt is generous and warm. This is shown when Scrooges nephew came to visit "Page 6" What is also entertaining and adds to the popularity is that however mean and nasty scrooge is Bob Cratchitt always remains loyal, polite and gentle "Page 9." He also shows the contrast. "The clerk promised that he would; and scrooge walked out with a growl." Dickens makes him sound like a 'wild boy'. Charles Dickens also makes scrooges character humorous (which makes it popular) ...read more.


At the end of the novel scrooge has completely changed. He has changed from being old, miserable and mean; to being kind and exhilarated (quote). In the first paragraph Dickens cleverly used scrooges voice to describe the room (quote). This makes us empathise with him and feel his excitement. Dickens also uses repetition to emphasise scrooge's laugh (quote). He does this to make sure that the audience has noticed that he is laughing. Scrooge also sends for a giant turkey for Bob cratchitt and gives the boy money for getting it. He also pays for a cab so the delivery person doesn't have to carry it. This part of the novel shows how much scrooge has changed. He has become generous, kind and considerate. Next scrooge walks around the street greeting people. He also bumps into the charity collectors who he gave a huge contribution too. You begin to see that Dickens has cleverly repeated the events from stave 1, but made them chances for scrooge to be generous, for example the boy, the charity men, his nephew... This has a huge effect on people and most of them are surprised and happy for example the charity men. "Cried the old gentleman". This is repeated to show his pleasure. Again this emphasises the point and makes us relate and feel the enthusiasm and joy. ...read more.

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