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In this essay I intend to show how Scrooges character changes throughout the book and how the use of language and descriptive literary techniques Charles Dickens manages to portray Scrooges changing character.

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SCROOGE ESSAY Tim Cook In this essay I intend to show how Scrooges character changes throughout the book and how the use of language and descriptive literary techniques Charles Dickens manages to portray Scrooges changing character. The book is a short story. It is written like this because Dickens used to put his stories in the paper monthly, so he couldn't make them to long or people would get bored. The industrial Revolution took place during this time and throughout the book there are references to the effects of this In Charles Dickens time, London was a very dirty and crowded city due to the fact that at this time Britain was going through an Industrial Revolution. There was a lot of poverty and people who worked in the large factories got continuously poorer and the owners of the factories got richer, more influential and had power over the workers. The rich did not concern themselves with the poor and did not feel responsible for them. Society being what it was at this time meant that the poorer workers could not move up the social ladder to a position of power. ...read more.

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One of the Cratchett children is going to die. Tiny Tim is a cripple and he immediately catches Scrooges eye. It affects Scrooge and makes him feel guilty "Spirit, tell me if Tiny Tim will live" he asks, but he is distraught to here the answer. "I see a vacant chair" the spirit replies. Scrooge then sees what other people think of him. He sees the Crahchetts drinking to his health not because they want to but because they feel it is their duty " I'll drink to his health for your sake and the days " replied Mrs Cratchett. He sees the same at his nephew's house. After seeing the way his nephew acted Scrooge realises that he has been treating his family the same as his employees- he hasn't cared for them either. This whole overview of peoples feelings towards him makes him realise how his wealth and power has had an affect on people and he also realises how much rich, influential people can influence the poor peoples lives. The third ghost is the one who has the most notable influence on him. ...read more.

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He uses this type of language and literary techniques to describe the setting. In this case, London. "The fog came pouring in through every keyhole and chink and was so thick that although the court was the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms". The fog was a result of the Industrial revolution at the beginning of the 18th Century, the time at which the book was set. The pollution gave a smoggy and foggy layer over London. This quote shows that the fog was so thick that you couldn't see the house across the street. Dickens description of what London was like, reflects the personality of Scrooge who was a dark, sinister, emotionally short-sighted man who would not let any one have his things or share them with anyone. This is reflected in the fog, which would not let the person see the house opposite and surrounded anything that it felt like. By the end of the book he is a very kind happy person ho is friendly and caring towards other people. This is mirrored in the description of the surroundings. It is a bright, sunny day with cheery people. This underlying imagery helps to show the changes in that Scrooge underwent during that short period of time. By Tim Cook ...read more.

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