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Images of London in ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, and a ‘Kiss Miss Carol’ by Farrukh Dhondy

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Introduction

Wider Reading Coursework London is a vast city, with people of various religions, cultures, traditions and backgrounds. It is a city, which allows people to have freedom and choice. London is the commercial centre of Great Britain with diverse institutions. It is also famous for tourism; millions of people come to London to experience what it can offer. It has many famous historical buildings, botanical gardens, and great landmarks, which are an essential when visiting London. It is an honoured country to be proud of. We studied and analysed two stories. 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, and a 'Kiss Miss Carol' by Farrukh Dhondy. Both stories portray disadvantage. A Christmas Carol is about a man called Scrooge who has a mean character and see's no good in life, he never makes the best out of things. He hates poor people and thinks that Christmas is a 'humbug'. 'A Kiss Miss Carol' is about a young Bangladeshi boy named Jolil whose life is in monopoly control of his father. He has no free will whatsoever. Jolil is overwhelmed to be included in a Christmas play at school, but realises that his parents are not ready to support him. The poverty in London from the story 'A Christmas carol' is described through depressing gloomy language. Dickens brings the settings to life by using adjectives like 'cold' 'bleak' 'dingy'. These words give a poor effect to the climate, and make it seem dull and lifeless. Dickens describes houses using boring colours like 'black'. He contrasts the black lifeless colours with the 'white' sheet of snow so that the bleak depressing colours stand out more. These lifeless colours, make the atmosphere feel unhealthy, Dickens varies his sentence length for great effect and breaks them up by the use of colons and commas. His choice of words such as 'dirtier' and 'dingy mist' make the climate seem crowded and filthy. ...read more.

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Mr Miah is fuming to find his son is due to act as a beggar boy in a Christmas play at school, and so refuses to let him go. He has to work hard to escape poverty within his family, and doesn't find it appropriate if his son will expose his poverty through a Christmas play. Mr Miah has absolute control over his family; he acts like an overall dictator of his family, having monopoly control over other people's lives. 'You'll do exactly as I say' Here Mr Miah is giving more of a direct command, rather than an option to Khalil as to whether he wants to go Bangladesh or not. The author, Farrukh Dhondy has portrayed Mr Miah in a demanding way. He has an oppressive character, yet his family is generally submissive towards his behaviour, leaving his oppression unchallenged, thereby allowing it to grow. Mr Miah is submerged into his religious, traditional, and cultural values. "He turned up in his prayer cap". This shows Mr Miah is a respectable Muslim and still abides by the Sunnah of the Islamic religion. He is hoping to influence his children to be loyal to the Islamic religion, but this is not shared by his sons. Scrooge and Mr Miah are similar in many ways, but they also differ from each other. Both men are hardworking and committed to their jobs, however Scrooge gets paid a vast amount of money, and only has himself to consider, whereas Mr Miah is put into slave labour, gets low wages, and has to support his whole family. Both Scrooge and Mr Miah are keen to save up their money. However, Scrooge has the potential to live like a King, and certainly never spends his money on luxuries. Mr Miah on the other hand, cannot afford to spend on luxurious items, and needs to save up as much money as possible to run his household. ...read more.

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As when Dickens communicates he shows us an insight into the character as he uses the dialogue to show their feelings. The kind of humour, which Dickens uses, is facetious. The characters that are presented are described about their physical features first then Dickens opens the characters feelings up during the story with dialogue. Dickens uses a large amount of descriptions and he uses several amount of vocabulary. This book was written for a particular audience in the Victorian era, which was high class, educated people. Many rich people would have read this novel and would have also been able to thoroughly understand it. I feel that Dickens uses a lot of description in his writing, and seems to pile it on a bit too much. The language is complex as it was meant for people from the eighteenth century. This book was hard to read as some of the English used is complex and hard to understand, as being a 21st century reader, most of the English used is totally different compared to 18th century English. The long sentences and prolonged descriptions were hard to comprehend, as they were composed of some phrases, which I have not come across before. Farrukh Dhondy has a completely different writing style to Dickens. Unlike Dickens, Farrukh does not use lengthy descriptions; his text is easier to understand. Farrukh writes about real life situations, whereas Dickens has a more imaginative mind, he writes about situations which nobody has ever arised before. Then again, both writers want to get different responses from their audience. Farrukh wants his audience to be aware of situations of the like which were faced by Jolil, and hope it can make a difference to anybody suffering the same situation, whereas Dickens wants everybody to appreciate Christmas, despite of whether they are rich or poor, as wealth doesn't implicate money, but also gratitude, love, obedience, and moral values. Alternatively, poverty doesn't just have financial implications. Poverty can also be shown by terms of lacking gratitude, love, obedience, and moral values. By Lubna Khatri 11RK ...read more.

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