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How does Dickens use imagery and language to present the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave one of 'A Christmas Carol?'

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How does Dickens use imagery and language to present the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave one of 'A Christmas Carol?' Charles Dickens started writing 'A Christmas Carol' in the 18th Century. Whilst writing the novel he was experiencing a world that had totally forgotten about Christmas and had no time for it. It was the industrial revolution, things were changing and with it the people were. They did not have time to enjoy Christmas they were more bothered about earning money. This is the kind of character Scrooge is which I will explain later on. Being in this kind of world affected Dickens novel; but it also influenced him to create a character called Scrooge. Who wouldn't care about Christmas; and only caring for business and money. Dickens knew that if he could get people into the Christmas spirit by attracting their attention to his novel. But little did he know he was about to re-inject the Christmas spirit into Britain. Dickens kicks off his extravagant novel by introducing a dead character with the name of Marley who he chose to create as a Ghost. By starting off his novel like this Dickens is directly addressing the reader - by using the word 'You': 'You will therefore permit me to repeat emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail'. ...read more.

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Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer' This sums up what he feels about Christmas. He doesn't see the fun side of it, or the religious side of celebrating a special time in the Christian faith. He just looks at the gloomy side, and thinks it is a waste of time. Also Scrooge talks bout money, saying you find yourself a year older, and not an hour richer, and also saying it is just a time where you have to pay the bills showing again he is thinking bout his money and nothing else. Scrooge also says that the poor don't have a right to be happy: 'What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough.' He's saying that the poor should be unhappy, that they are not rich enough to be happy, and that they should be gloomy and sad and not have the right to have a good time. This shocks the reader. Before, the reader just feels that Scrooge is gloomy and lonely, but now they feel as though Scrooge is a cold-hearted, nasty, mean old man who doesn't care about anybody but himself. ...read more.

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I think Scrooge likes to be alone because of the way he was treated by his father when he was younger; he used to be left alone in a little dull room. Dickens uses a lot of techniques. In every paragraph there is a meaning, and to describe Scrooge he uses a paragraph for every little thing. I think the most interesting and effective technique Dickens uses is when he describes something, for example Scrooge, he goes into a lot of detail using lots of adjectives and making the image easier to see in your head. The language he uses is old English but it is still easy to understand because of the image Dickens puts in your head of whatever he is writing about. My opinion of what I think this novel's message is supposed to be is it is directed towards the people of the time he wrote this novel. It was the time of the industrial revolution; people had forgotten about Christmas or had no time for it because they were working too hard in factories. In summary I think Dickens wanted to revive the Christmas spirit into Britain with this novel. I think he wanted our attitudes to Christmas to be happy and cheerful and not to forget it. And by writing A Christmas Carol he has accomplished that. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Slinger 11AOB ...read more.

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