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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Dickens clearly shows the change of Scrooge's personality with clever comparisons from the beginning of the book to the end, for example Dickens first describes him by saying "Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal box in his room." As to say Scrooge is keeping the clerk cold out of spite almost and to say that of Scrooge can work in this temperature, why can't the clerk! Later in the book, Dickens says "the clerk, who cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge ". But, there is a clear change of personality when much later in the book Scrooge says "Bob, Make up the fires and buy another coal scuttle" which Dickens makes Scrooge sound enthusiastic towards this unlike before. Dickens again refers from the beginning of the book to the end when he talks about the way in which he treats others and is viewed by others, "No children asked him what it was O'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life asked the way to such a place, of Scrooge." He also says "Even the blind men's dog appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts", Dickens showed that the most innocent and jubilant of things such as children, dogs and blind men where aghast by him. But, Later in the book, Dickens Shows that when Scrooge changes, as does the publics opinion of him straight away, "What's to-day?" cried Scrooge , calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him." ...read more.

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I was a boy here!' Dickens's use of the word 'boy' in Scrooge's comments is done on purpose and used very skilfully. It shows that Scrooge is beginning to soften because one would not usually associate Scrooge with a boy or even having ever been a young boy as boys are warm hearted and loveable where as Scrooge has a frozen heart and could not care for love. Dickens describes Scrooge's emotion in a detailed sentence which is striking to the reader because of the repetition and Scrooge uses repetition to emphasise his rush of childhood memories through Scrooge's changing mind as Dickens says 'he was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long forgotten!' The ghost comments to Scrooge and says 'your lip is trembling, and what is that upon your cheek?' It is meant to be a tear but Scrooge mutters "that is a pimple" as he is embarrassed about the emotions that he is feeling and says this in 'an unusual catching in his voice.' This shows that Scrooge has a lump in his throat and is feeling sad for his lost boyhood. Dickens uses such adjectives as 'cold,' 'bleak,' 'biting,' 'dingy,' 'small.' These are very hard, cold words with harsh consonants. He uses these words in the beginning of the book before Scrooge comes across the ghosts and before starting his change of mind; whereas after he uses much softer, lusher words. When Scrooge is walking with the ghost of Christmas past Scrooge recognises when they come across 'every gate and post, and tree; until a little market town appeared in the distance, with its bridge, its church and its winding river.' ...read more.

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whilst writing and uses similes to illustrate how Scrooge is feeling as he says "so fluttered and so glowing in his good intentions" and "laughing" and then Scrooge himself then says "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as a schoolboy. I am giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody!" by say this he is showing his Christmas spirit to the whole world and is clearly enthusiastic and proud of who he is now, he has now changed his small phrase "humbug" to more lively phrases such as "I shall love it, as long as I live!" and "what a delightful boy" which is warm and shows that he has picked up a pleasant spirit when he speaks or does anything. This all makes the moral have greater effect especially because we don't know what happens when we die! Also the narrative effect is improved by this as Dickens always sounds like he is always jubilant and content when you read the book aloud. I therefore conclude that Dickens Shows the change of Scrooge clearly through out the book by changing the language he uses and the way that Scrooge acts towards people and the way people act towards Scrooge all change gradually in the book. Dickens also puts forward a clear moral which is one must live your life to the full and be as benevolent as one can be because other people can be effected by what you do and say, and if you have nothing to say then don't say anything at all because no one wants to hear something horrible and be with a miserable old man. When Scrooge has changed, Dickens shows how much Scrooges life changes for the better ?? ?? ?? ?? Gregory Dagul ...read more.

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