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Consider how Dickens creates a scary atmosphere in this novel A Christmas Carol

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Consider how Dickens creates a scary atmosphere in this novel 'A Christmas carol' 'A Christmas Carol' which took place in London, England during Christmas time around 1843, written by Charles Dickens. In the story of a Christmas carol a lot of focus is on supernatural beliefs. It was believed that in the Victorian Britain the dead would return to haunt who was still alive and that they would be unable to rest until they had relieved themselves from their sins. Fairies were also believed in and witches were also, in 1843 the popularity of ghosts made a perfect topic for Dickens novel. But in contrast house lighting was still extremely poor, therefore people found it much easier to believe in such paranormal activity as it would be straightforward to accept that ghosts existed because of the low light levels. In the story Dickens uses several words to create a ghostly atmosphere, by using specialist vocabulary and language. Setting the scene is extremely important for any story as it creates an image in the readers mind, as Dickens has done, At the beginning of the story he creates a gloomy atmosphere by using words such as "cold, bleak and biting" and also a scary atmosphere by his choice of different vocabulary for example "quite dark already" being dark makes the whole scene seem scary and "palpable brown air". ...read more.


other bell in the began to ring in the house lasting for about half a minute to a minute, the bell rang like a clanking noise sounding as thought something was being dragged by a chain, this definitely creates a scary atmosphere in the story as the bells began as just one ring to all the bells in the house ended up ringing getting louder and louder and not knowing why this is happening and who is involved in what is taking places. He describes Marley's ghost as being the same as he remembered, recognising him instantly. Scrooge focused on what he was wearing and how his hair looked very deeply "in his pigtail, usual waistcoat, tights, and boots; the tassels on the latter bristling" showing that he was very curious of how he looked and showed that the ghost was very well dressed in a traditional way and was still obviously extremely cautious of him and also that his tail was made up of "cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel" This is trying to tell scrooge ho the ghost is being weighed down with money, and that all of his life scrooge has been caring only about money and the tail being made up of all this objects represents that he has been preoccupied by money and nothing else. ...read more.


The whole seen is quite sad and depressing but still showing scrooge the light. Dickens describes this ghost as being "shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand". This tells us how it's not very clear, can't see what's actually appearing. But the spirit is showing scrooge the future, he has been scared by the spirits about his past and he is now dreading what the future is going to hold for him. He has been shown the errors of his ways and he now knows he may have to pay for the life that he's led in his selfish ways, and not pay for it in terms of money but the way he will live from now on. The ghosts made an obvious impact on scrooge as it clearly shows he wants to live as another man and that the ghosts are there for his own good and showing how he wants to change for the good. But is still scared of what may be in the future for him. The whole idea of spirits being around has defiantly helped to create a scary atmosphere, also the way ghost have appeared and disappeared and looked so unfamiliar. The ways they have seemed and looked are nothing that he's ever seen before and is very unreal to him. Everything is so unnatural and mysterious. By Julia Jenkins ...read more.

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