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"By Close Analysis of Staves One and Five Show How Dickens Portrays the Transformation of Scrooge and To What Effect"

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (BY CHARLES DICKENS) "By Close Analysis of Staves One and Five Show How Dickens Portrays the Transformation of Scrooge and To What Effect" In December 1843, Charles Dickens wrote and published "A Christmas Carol." He published this book when he needed money; he needed money badly because he was in debt. He decided to link it to things that are happening; that Christmas was not taken seriously, it was fading out and ghost traditional Christmas tales. Dickens used the genre of ghost stories, but Dickens did something unusual, he changed the fact that ghost stories are meant to be frightening, in this book, the ghost stories were scary. In 1843 (ancient times), there were no security, pensions, national health nor compulsory education. You were expected to work six days a week and on Sunday, you go to church (only if you had a job). Those who had no job couldn't go to church, because they were probably in prison or workhouse. There were no holidays, you had to work on Boxing Day, and if you ended up in debt, you would be put in debt prison. Dickens grew up in this prison with his dad, he started work at the age of 12 (it was a terrible work). Looking at the Book, it was about ghosts, and ghost stories were always told during Christmas. ...read more.

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Dickens brings in the ghosts, these ghosts have their own job in Scrooge's life. The first ghost; the depiction of the ghost of Christmas is both childlike and old like, it shows spirit of light. It is the spirit of Scrooge's past. The ghost shows Scrooge's Christmas of Feziwig, he was an apprentice of Feziwig. It showed him how he was left alone in school; he also shows him when his sister comes to collect him from school, because his father wanted him back home. Dickens makes us feel sympathy for Scrooge, because we now understand why he is the person he is. And if we (the readers) feel sympathy for Scrooge; we will want him to change. The ghost of Christmas presents; the robe the ghost was wearing had to do with growth, life, and it was representing everything that had to do with Christmas. The ghost shows Scrooge, Bob Chrachit's family, and what they were about to eat and Scrooge felt sympathy for them because of what they wanted to eat was extremely small. It showed scrooge a number of different families; it showed Scrooge his ex-fianc�e's family who was not that comfortable. It showed Scrooge lots of poor families, even Scrooge's nephew and his family but the amazing bit was that all these different families were every happy. All these represent families and happiness, Dickens makes us understand that Scrooge is the only person that is not happy and that he is living a miserable life. ...read more.

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Drinking was for the working class, they drank because they were poor, the middle class tried to support the poor to stop drinking. The Total Abstinence Principle (TAP), which brings out water, was a pledge of anyone never to drink spirits. But the TAP for Scrooge was that he never did anything bad so that, he is not visited by the spirits ever again. So not only did Scrooge not drink, he was never visited by the ghost again. Dickens makes all these from the 19th century joke. He makes it known that Scrooge always kept Christmas well from then and also that all of us (audience) should also keep Christmas well (may that be truly said of us and all of us!). > Tiny Tim was created by Dickens as a crippled child, not a crippled child who is sad but one who is happy and cares about other people. Dickens deliberately creates Tiny Tim in other to manipulate our emotions so that we will feel sorry for Tiny Tim, and if so happens we can bless him (Tiny Tim) because he also blessed everyone saying "And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!". But since Dickens wants an happy ending, he reveals to us that Tiny Tim is not dead; so everyone is still very happy which brings it all to Dickens main point that - "Christmas always ends happily, it is always a happy period and we should always be happy and celebrate Christmas happily". ...read more.

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