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Christmas Carol: What do you think is the moral of this story and how does Dickens show it?

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Christmas Carol: What do you think is the moral of this story and how does Dickens show it? The opening Of Christmas Carol sets the mood, describes the setting and introduces many of the principal characters. Scrooge represents everything against Christmas. Scrooge represents apathy and all the things that stand in opposition with the Christmas spirit. The opening scene begins with Scrooge a mean spirited cheap skate in his counting house. Scrooge watched over his clerk, a poor man called Bob Cratchit like a hawk does over prey. Scrooge had a small fire yet Bob had an even smaller fire. The smouldering ashes in the fireplace provide little heat even for Bob's tiny room. Despite the harsh weather Scrooge refuses to pay for another lump of coal to warm the room. ...read more.

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At Christmas time people have the Christmas cheer and a very cheerful mood is in the air. People show a spirit of good will and wouldn't dream of complaining about their employees having Christmas day off, and then demanding they made up the lost time the next day - boxing day. This portrays Scrooge as a heartless old money obsessed man. Just before Scrooge enters the house the doorknocker on his front door catches his attention. In the doorknocker in the face of his old partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge looks again and the face is gone. With a disgusted "pooh, pooh" Scrooge enters his house. He makes little effort to brighten his home. This symbolises Scrooge as a tight character because in the winter nights you heat and lighten your house because it gets darker and colder earlier darkness is cheap and Scrooge liked it. ...read more.

Conclusion

The opening section also highlights the novels narrative style - a peculiar and highly Dickensian blend of wild comedy. Dickens takes aim at the Poor laws then governing the underclass of Victorian England. He exposes the flaws of the unfair system of government that essentially restricts the underclass to life in prison or in a workhouse. With a Christmas Carol Dickens hopes to illustrate how self serving insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, and socially conscious members of society through the intercession of moralising religious lessons. Warmth, generosity and overall goodwill overcome Scrooges bitter apathy as he encounters and learns from his memory. A Christmas carol is allegory in that it features events and characters with a clear, fixed symbolic meaning. In the novel Scrooge represents all the values that are opposed to the idea of Christmas- greed, selfishness and lack of goodwill towards ones fellow man. ...read more.

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