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In Stave 3 how does Dickens use language and structure to build up a picture of the joy of Christmas Present

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In Stave 3 how does Dickens use language and structure to build up a picture of the joy of Christmas Present? How does this reflect Victorian Reality? I'm going to analyse stave 3 of a Christmas carol, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. In 1836 Dickens published the first part in a serialisation called The Posthumous papers of the Pickwick club better known as The Pickwick papers. In 1843 he wrote his first and most famous Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. Victorians in those times, a lot of them lived in poverty, and they were lots of large families living in one house. It was in industrial era and most people worked in factories, which were very unhygienic, this really relates to Dickens life style when he was growing up. When he was growing Dickens's father lost a lot of money and then was imprisoned so Dickens had to leave school and work at a young age. Stave Three is the part where the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge on his educational journey into other people's houses to show Scrooge what goes on. In these various and not always wealthy places he learns a very special lesson - that Christmas and the season of Good Will is important to poor and rich alike. ...read more.


This shows that Mrs Cratchit is the sort of person who makes the best of everything she has. This is the same reality of the majority of Victorians, most Victorians only really had one pair of clothes, but wore it until they couldn't wear them no more. Dickens also describes the cheapness of the goose. "There never was such a goose". Bob Cratchit had said he didn't believe there was such a goose cooked "Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were themes of universal admiration". This passage shows that everyone around the table knows the goose is cheap but is all-thankful of how it looks. This here shows that they really make the best of what they have. Many different ways Victorian reality was different including infant mortality which Dickens talks about through Bob Cratchit son Tiny Tim, whose the smallest of the house at sits on Bob Cratchit arm. Tiny Tim hasn't got much and is crippled but he is still a blessing to the Cratchit family. He is warm-hearted and has innocence. "He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see". ...read more.


"I am sorry for him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims! Himself, always. Here he takes into his head to dislike us, and he wont come and dine with us." Scrooge's nephew feels sorry for him being so selfish and tries to justify his selfish ways to the rest of the family. "I have no patience with him, observed scrooge's niece. Scrooge's niece's sisters, and all the other ladies, expressed the same opinion." Apart from Scrooge's nephew they haven't got time for Scrooge and his selfish ways. By watching his own family he realises and finds out what people think about him, the truth about his behaviour. Then he realises that other people are very important to him. Family is important! "A Merry Christmas and a Happy Year New Year to the old man, whatever he is!" Even though Scrooge is selfish and has a solid cold heart, his family still love him and still wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To conclude, by Scrooge hearing this, going from door to door, following all the ghosts back through his life helps him to change his selfish ways and antics. Which helps to live and good and prosperous lifestyle, and start to find out what the Christmas season is all about. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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