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Coursework essay a Christmas carol

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Coursework essay - a Christmas carol 06/11/2009 Henry McPherson 2nd draft To what extent has Charles Dickens created of Scrooge as a symbol of Victorian society? Plan o Introduction o We will talk about the character of scrooge at the start of the novel o Scrooge's past: him as a school kid, his dad and his fianc� o Victorian poverty, including the Cratchets and tiny Tim o Victorian society: poor house, treadmill's and prisons o Victorian Christmases + his nephew o The warning + the ghost of Christmas yet to come Introduction Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in the book A Christmas Carol. He is a miserable old man who is visited by spirits and turns over a new leaf about Christmas. The novel was written as a warning to Victorian society that the way they live at the moment was wrong, and something had to change. I will be looking at the character of Scrooge to see if he is a believable person or just created as a symbol by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens introduces the character of Scrooge by describing his physical appearance as well as his personality. "A frosty rime was on his head... He carried his own low temperature always about him..." ...read more.

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He is willing to give up his relationship with all people because all he wants is money. Scrooge's fianc�e still loves Scrooge but she knows that he loves money more than her so the relationship would never work. Scrooge is not being very nice to the girl because she has no money and he is a very material person. I feel sorry for Scrooge because all he wants is money which can never make him entirely happy in life, which links back to how he is similar to Victorian life thinking only about material goods and money. Scrooge wishes that he did not treat the girl in that way. "Show me no more! Conduct me home... Show me no more!" Scrooge is in despair about what the spirit is showing him. Scrooge is beginning to realise that how he was in the past was wrong. The writer has to show that even though Scrooge has been gloomy and stingy for so long there is still hope and he can change because most Victorian novels would have a strong moral. Charles Dickens tries to represent Scrooge as an average middle class Victorian citizen who cares about nothing but money. The Writer wants to show that it is the wrong attitude to take and they should be better people. ...read more.

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A Victorian Christmas entailed the exchange of gifts between parents and children; attendance together at Church services; a multi-course family dinner; and visits with friends, relatives, and other families. This is a completely different story for Scrooge at Christmas as there is no giving, no decorations and no games as he did not believe in it. "Humbug!" As Scrooge is such a hard man he does not care about Christmas because of its beliefs, he does not want to spend money on presents or does he want to spend time with people and be "merry". Scrooge thought of Christmas as just another day to work and get more money. Scrooge talks to his nephew about Christmas. "Merry Christmas! What have you to be merry?" Scrooge's nephew is excited about Christmas but Scrooge is not. This shows that Scrooge is miserable and does not like special occasions. Scrooge wishes that he would be left alone because he is a malevolent old man. This makes me feel sad for him as he does not even enjoy Christmas. Scrooge is visited by two men asking him to donate to charity but he refuses. "Are there no prisons? ...And the union work houses? ...The treadmill and the poor law are in full vigour, then?" Scrooge feels that being poor is a crime and you should go to prison for it. ...read more.

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