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Consider The Ways In Which Dickens Might Have Wished To Influence Readers Of 'A Christmas Carol' And Examine the Techniques He Used When Writing The Story.

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English Coursework-A Christmas Carol Consider The Ways In Which Dickens Might Have Wished To Influence Readers Of 'A Christmas Carol' And Examine the Techniques He Used When Writing The Story. Charles Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol in 1843, it is basically a story showing the difference of 19th-century Victorian England's division between the rich and poor. It shows London as a great world power, rich influential, yet there was more poverty through its streets and factories than ever. Dickens intentions were to show this and a number of other themes. The Christmas spirit; above all, A Christmas Carol is a celebration of Christmas and the good that comes of it. Redemption and free will; the main thing in a Christmas Carol is watching Scrooge's transformation from tight fisted old man,' A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!' to generous gentleman. A Christmas Carol is set in 1840's, London, on Christmas Eve and Christmas day,' cold, bleak, biting weather, foggy withal'. The story also goes back in time to London when Scrooge was a boy. In the 1840's there was so much poverty. People were sent to workhouses or debtors prisons. The basic plot is that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, cold-hearted creditor who continues his greedy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects a Christmas dinner invitation, nephew, Fred; he yells at charity workers; and he overworks his employee, Bob Cratchit. ...read more.

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He cares dearly for his crippled son, Tiny Tim. Cratchit is a symbol for the Victorian poor, good-hearted and hard working but unable to climb out the suffocating conditions of poverty. Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim represents the overwhelming goodness of the Christmas spirit. The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first ghost to visit Scrooge; the small, elderly figure represents memory. The Ghost of Christmas Present is a giant clad in robes, this ghost has 1800 brothers and a life span of one day. He represents celebration and charity. The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. This solemn, silent phantom represents death, but also the presents the possibility that the future is not determined, but open to the free will of humans. These three ghosts have a major effect on Scrooge, they make him see that his way of life and the way he treats other people is wrong. The first ghost shows him how unhappy he was as a child; the second ghost shows him that other people are having so much fun at Christmas and that they don't need him. The last ghost shows him what people really think of him, and what would happen to him and his possessions after he died. Belle was Scrooges former girlfriend; the Ghost of Christmas Past showed him this time. ...read more.

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This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased." A great deal of symmetry ties up A Christmas Carol after Scrooge's conversion. Scrooge does right by everyone he previously wronged in Stave One; the portly gentleman, the Cratchit's (note how he even asks Cratchit to put more coal on the fire after he previously made him shiver in the cold), and Fred, not to mention everyone else in the city. Also, all the ghosts have visited Scrooge in one night, not three. This surprise allows Scrooge to start his giving ways on Christmas Day, and promotes the idea that he has had an overnight conversion. After suffering through a hellish nightmare, he wakes up a happy, charitable, and redeemed man. Anyone can change his behaviour for the better, Dickens implies, as can any society. The main intention of the writer was to show the Christmas spirit, as I have said previously he shows Christmas as a time when people forget their petty disputes, selfish tendencies, in favour of friendship, charity, and celebration. Also I feel that Dickens wanted to show that anyone could change their personality or behaviour no matter who they are or what society they live in. This is redemption. He also wanted to show the class system in Victorian times, the selfishness of the rich and, implicitly, on the Poor Laws that keep down the underclass. 1 ...read more.

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