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    A Christmas Carol How Does Scrooge Change Through Staves 1 - 5?

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    His hatred is a defence. He is cruel to his Clerk who whom he will not allow more than one coal for the fire. A contrast is made between Scrooge and his cheerful nephew. The nephew is relentlessly happy about Christmas and Scrooge cannot understand this because he says he is poor. Scrooge concentrates on every bad point about everything instead of looking on the bright side of things. He believes that people who say happy Christmas 'should be boiled with there own puddings' in response to every negative thing Scrooge says the nephew still responds saying something happy, honest and kind and continually asks Scrooge to dine with them.

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    English Lit How Does Charles Dickens Use Imagery and Language to Present the Character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave 1 of 'A Christmas Carol.'?

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    Ebenezer Scrooge is an example of the cruelty and ignorance of the people of Victorian England. The main character in 'A Christmas Carol' is Ebenezer Scrooge, Dickens portrays Scrooge to be a pessimistic miser throughout the story, but however he does begin to change his views near to the end of the novella. In the first stave Dickens introduces Scrooge and his dead business partner Jacob Marley, in the beginning of the book it is very important to point out that Jacob Marley is dead, to help make the reader believe that he is dead, as he later on appears as a ghost in the story; 'Old Marley was as dead as a doornail' Dickens makes a strong point at the start of the story that Jacob Marley is dead; Dickens uses similes to portray this.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare the descriptions of the four ghosts in A Christmas Carol. Which do you find the most effective and why?

    "In conclusion, I think that the most effective ghost is the ghost of Christmas present due to the fact that in being shockingly different from the other ghosts, its message was carried clearly and profoundly to the reader. Although an original reader may disagree with me, as the ghost was too uncommon for the time; I think that it's outright defiance to the norm, would have alerted the reader to the ghost and would have helped put across the original meaning of Christmas. Robert Ankcorn English coursework"

  • Discuss how Charles Dickens uses Victorian London to show the differences between the rich and the poor members of the society? What message is the novelist trying to tell you?

    "In conclusion I believe one of Dickens mane objectives of this story was the make the rich self reflect and self recognise their actions in society to day. I think Dickens was successful in doing this because he is constantly forcing the reader towards formulating a moral judgement by projecting a lonely mean image of Scrooge and therefore awakening a social conscience. The reader knows Scrooge is unhappy because of the way Dickens describes the way Scrooge treats people. His use of language, many adjective words, and the situations in which he situates the poor in using jobs, buildings, weather and the time of year helps force the reader towards formulating a moral judgement. I enjoyed reading the book very much because of his descriptive language, which helps your mind to think of detailed images that Dickens is trying to describe. I think Dickens was very successful in changing rich peoples views for the better, even though his story is fiction, many facts are written about the poor, which helps us get more of a social conscience and understanding of the life they live."

  • Analyse the ways in which Dickens highlights certain aspects of 19th Century London in his novel 'A Christmas Carol'

    "In conclusion, the image that one is left with from Dickens is a very depressing one, one of dark, smelly, and polluted streets. Images of poverty and hardship, and a society that cared little for the welfare of others, where if you had money you could live comfortably, but if you did not life was very tough. It is not a place where, I feel, anyone today would like to live. 1"

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