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Analysis Of A Christmas Carol

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Introduction

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' tells us that we are all on the earth to improve and better ourselves. This is shown through Scrooge's behaviour and his life. At the beginning of the novel Scrooge is bitter, horrible and cold. ' "If I could work my will" said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with a "Merry Christmas" on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding, and buried with a steak of holly through his heart. He should!" ' Here Scrooge shows his extreme dislike for the Christmas season by saying that everyone who celebrates Christmas should be butchered in their own Christmas dinner. But after seeing his life and how it affects the people around him, he starts to change for the better. The spirit of Christmas present quoted Scrooge's own words right back in his face. ' "Have they no refuge or resource?" Cried Scrooge. "Are there no prisons?" said the spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. "Are there no work houses?" ' Seeing the wisdom and power of the three spirits Scrooge changes and by the end of the novel treasures Christmas in his heart. ...read more.

Middle

Plus, it's just basic rudeness as it states with Scrooge's manner... "With an ill will Scrooge..." It means that he is ill mannered and will show no mercy no matter the pain he has caused or the consequences. The final factor in the statement is greed. Scrooge portrays this throughout the story very clearly but there is a plain yet critical bit at the beginning where it involves Belle (his love not to be). "I believe that you would choose a dowerless girl... I do; and I release you..." Well this single quote portrays a vast amount of greed from Scrooge. For instance it mentions dowerless girl. Now dowerless means a sort of inheritance yet it would be given to Scrooge instead which would make him wealthy without having to actually work and still earn money. However, Belle is not rich nor wealthy (with money but with other factors of her personality) which Scrooge does not find 'attractive' as this basically entitles that he's going to have to work and provide for his 'family'. So with this incident that has compelled these two, Belle, obviously hurt and tearful, decides that it's best to halt the relationship and walk away, no matter what the consequences. ...read more.

Conclusion

He finds delight in everything, even things that previously vexed him. "He never dreamed that any walk - that anything - could give him so much happiness." Now with this quote it sounds pretty pointless with a lack of emphasis yet if you look it will become apparent that the little things are beginning to affect his beliefs on Christmas and what its consequences are (not in a bad way). Furthermore, it was showing that he would never even dream of changing his actions towards Christmas so therefore with that, it obviously shows with the dramatic information he has had inflicted on him, has really motivated him for the Christmas season. I think in general Dickens is trying to tell the Victorian audience that it is possible to change for the better. He shows this through Scrooge when he pays a visit to Fred, his nephew. "He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier... Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!" Here I think Scrooge is in disbelief that his nephew still wants to know him and doesn't denounce him because of what he said earlier when his nephew visited him in his office. And so we learn that there is change in everybody and sometimes it can be a surprise. ...read more.

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