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Charles Dickens split A Christmas Carol into 5 staves , he had structured it like this to emphasize the changes in Scrooge through the story , from being miserable and tight to being kind and giving

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Coursework: A Christmas carol The fictional story "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 as a means of informing people about the poor children roaming the streets and living in ragged schools. Charles Dickens split "A Christmas Carol" into 5 staves , he had structured it like this to emphasize the changes in scrooge through the story , from being miserable and tight to being kind and giving ,getting more and more aware of how mean and ungenerous he is to all those around him for each ghost that visited him. Dickens had a poor upbringing so when he was older and looked around at the hungry, homeless children he remembered how bad it was and he tried to make a change. His main aim was to send the message through society that the poor needed charity and generosity. In the opening stave Dickens makes it clear to us that Ebenezer Scrooge, the key character, is a character that needs teaching a moral lesson. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work and for idle people to expect handouts. He doesn't believe in all of the good cheer and charity that the season promotes, and he makes sure everyone knows it. ...read more.


And he is so stingy that no one wants to make friends with him. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, visits his uncle and invites him to his annual Christmas party. Two gentlemen also drop by and ask Scrooge for a contribution to their charity. Scrooge reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry "Bah! Humbug!" in response to his nephew's "Merry Christmas". Scrooge is extremely rude with Fred and he treats him unfairly because whenever Fred speaks Scrooge starts saying the quote "Good afternoon" and when Fred leaves he treats his charity worker very unfairly because When the donation collectors approach Scrooge expecting a donation to help the poor at Christmas, he insists that he's done his duty to the poor by supporting the government establishments that provide aid. He refuses to assist any further because he's done the necessary minimum, and that's all he must do. This shows how extremely rude he can be. In the allegory of "A Christmas Carol", the first spirit to visit Scrooge is "The Ghost of Christmas Past" and it represents memory. The aged appearance of the childlike figure touches on the role of memory as a force that connects the different stages of a person's life. ...read more.


" What has he done with his money" People hated Scrooge so much they made jokes about Scrooge's death "It's likely to be a very cheap funeral" this made scrooge feel empty and guilty because nobody cared about him. Scrooge is also shown that his belongings were took down and sold "Sheets and towel" In the last stave Scrooge starts to greet people in a welcoming manner way "Merry Christmas" He start to realise that there is more to life. The language used by Scrooge is jovial, light-hearted and good humoured. Scrooge also gives a large amount of money to the poor, as he meets the two money collectors, at the beginning of the story he is rude to these men that collect the money. At the beginning of the story Scrooge nephew ask Scrooge to come over for dinner. However, Scrooge does not accept the offer, but now he visits his nephew to accept the offer of Scrooge coming around for dinner. Scrooge also helps the Crachit family as he the main character gives Bob a large amount of money to help Tiny Tim recover and also increases Bob's pay. In the beginning of the story Scrooge was a cold-hearted, miserable and self contained character. As the ghosts show Scrooge things he missed out on, he starts to change as he is more light hearted and jovial. He starts to help other. Scrooge starts to enjoy life more. ...read more.

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