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In 1843 Charles Dickens set out to write an entertaining ghost story that also taught his readers a lesson about benevolence. Do you think he achieved this and is his lesson still relevant today? Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol

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In 1843 Charles Dickens set out to write an entertaining ghost story that also taught his readers a lesson about benevolence. Do you think he achieved this and is his lesson still relevant today? Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol intending to teach a lesson. London at the time was in an awful state. There was extreme poverty within the city. Charles Dickens raised concern about these issues, as he was very worried about the state in which some people where living in. The idea of the story was taken from that of his own life, especially his crippled nephew who gave him the idea of tiny Tim. The book was written in order to get some attention of how much of a bad state the city was in at the time. The book was set at Christmas as he knew that Christmas books are popular, also he choose to make it a ghost story as he also realised that ghost stories where also popular. ...read more.

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Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chesnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam." This is a big quotation, only because his appearance couldn't be emphasised enough. The whole appearance of the ghost of Christmas present stuck in my mind the most out of all three sprits. Another ghost that is very memorable is the ghost of Christmas future, this again is because of his appearance an also t is the scariest part of the story, which also makes it memorable. His appearance is described in the quotation "The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. ...read more.

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Dickens intention of A Christmas Carol was written before he attempted the story. This was to raise an issue that needs addressing. The way he said this referred to a ghost story "Raise the ghost of an idea" this states he is raising the issue. Also he wanted his moral to stay with the readers he expressed by saying "May it haunt there houses pleasantly" Again referring to the ghost story. He meant by this message that he wanted his message to be noticed and to be remembered. I believe the preface sets out his message well, which then is developed throughout the book well. The whole story of A Christmas Carol was written solely to put across a message. Thus message was stated very well in the book as it got the readers thinking. The message was to have a good attitude towards life an your companions and also to forget an to learn from your mistakes. This point of view is relevant toady and always will be as it is a way of life. Even though circumstances are now different the message will always stay the same. ?? ?? ?? ?? Patrick Hipwell GCSE Coursework ...read more.

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