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Explore the ways in which Charles Dickens presents Scrooges transformation from miser to merrymaker in "A Christmas Carol", with specific reference to 3 incidents.

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English Coursework- Explore the ways in which Charles Dickens presents Scrooges transformation from miser to merrymaker in "A Christmas Carol", with specific reference to 3 incidents. Ricardo Ferreira "A Christmas Carol" was first released in 1843 and was an instant hit. It went through 7 reprints in 6 months showing how popular the novel was. The author, Charles Dickens is one of the most popular writers, whose large number of novels combined a range of extraordinary qualities. Dickens was the most famous author of his era, and his fame grew as he wrote more novels. Although he had not experienced poverty, he did experience hardship during his childhood and his experiences are reflected in the book. His first job was a journalist for a newspaper and became an editor of a newspaper where he released his first stories under the name of Boz. His first stories were short stories and were in installments. Dickens was very philanthropic and used the newspaper to try and make the public aware of social reform. "A Christmas Carol" was released as one book, which Dickens called a "ghost of an idea." Dickens wrote to entertain but in this novel he also introduced his ideas which were to show compassion for your fellow man. Dickens used Christmas as a metaphor for his idea because Christmas is a time for giving and showing generosity. ...read more.

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It was made when we were both poor and content to be so..." Dickens shows that they were content when they were poor. "You are changed. When it was made you were another man." Dickens shows that since Scrooge has got wealthy he has changed. Dickens uses Italics on "are" to show that Belle is very certain that Scrooge has changed. Belle continues saying that Scrooge has changed and also that he was different when he was poor. Dickens uses this to show Scrooge how he has changed and that he was different before. Belle also says: "But if you were free today... Can even I believe that you would choose a dowerless girl-you who in your very confidence with her, weigh everything by Gain..." Dickens uses this sentence to show that Scrooge would not be with Belle if she wasn't rich. Belle then says, "A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it gladly, as an unprofitable dream..." This implies that because this event isn't profitable, Scrooge will forget about it quickly and "...From which it happened well that you awoke." Implies that he thinks it is good that he can forget about it leave it without any loss. The second incident involves 3 people trading Scrooges belongings after he is dead in the 4 stave. Firstly Dickens describes the narrow, haunted streets that the ghost takes Scrooge by using adjectives such as, "Naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly." ...read more.

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Dickens shows that Scrooge wasn't looked after well and just forgotten after he died. Dickens starts to create tension: "Scrooge crept towards it, trembling..." The reader is caught up in the tension reading on to find out who's name is on the tombstone. Dickens still describes everything: "...Neglected grave..." Suddenly Scrooge realizes everything and is showing despair: " 'Am I that man who lay upon the bed?' he cried upon his knees." He is desperate and shocks the ghost: "Tight clutching at it's robe" Scrooge begins to show signs of change and declares: "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future." Dickens uses language brilliantly by Scrooge saying that he "Will honour..." and also that he "Will live..." He is making a strong statement that he will change. In a desperate plea he asks the Ghost, "Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!" Dickens still is creating tension and is further showing Scrooges anxiety: "In his agony..." Dickens creates a tension cliffhanger and leaves the reader guessing and wondering, has Scrooge been saved? In my conclusion this novel is a masterpiece in which Charles Dickens creates a simple story that is easy to understand and follow. Dickens uses many adjectives in one go to best describe an object. He creates a great amount of tension in this book and manages to keep the story warm and exciting. His clever use of language ensures the reader is always kept guessing but interested. ...read more.

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