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A Christmas Carol Coursework "What is the message behind 'A Christmas Carol' and how does Dickens convey it?" Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol with the intentions of drawing reader's attention to poverty and to make people aware to it and to help. He did not write this book just because he wanted to write a ghost storey, even though it has some similarities. Dickens had very strong views on poverty, because of his personal experiences. When Dickens was 12 his father was sent to a debtors prison, which deeply affected him and therefore spurred him on to write books like David Copperfield but mainly A Christmas Carol because this was the book in which he actually put his point across and tried to open people's eye to the poverty in Victorian England. In this book Dickens very cleverly portrays that when people don't give to charity etc that they will be the ones suffering afterward for eternity. This is aimed at the selfish people so that they can see that if they like Scrooge, do not change then will be the ones to suffer. The message is portrayed mainly through the main character Scrooge who we follow throughout the book. Ebenezer Scrooge starts off in the beginning of the book as the miserly owner of a London counting house, a nineteenth century term for an accountant's office. His temperament is cold, hard, greedy, selfish and so much more, but there is no warmth, love or happiness and appears to be nothing in fact, very good in him. "A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint...!" shows he is a hard, narrow minded, stubborn man. Dickens often used the weather to create atmosphere and personalities of people in this book. ...read more.

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"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, they?" said Scrooge. This passage shows just how cold and unconcerned he is. He doesn't care how awful these people lives are. That they would prefer to die then go to all these horrid places that Scrooge is talking about. ``If they would rather die,'' said Scrooge, ``they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. He isn't even slightly embarrassed that he isn't giving to the poor and being so rude to the gentlemen. He is just so convinced that these people are scum, and as far as he is concerned he would prefer it if they were dead to 'decrease the surplus population.' In Stave 1 Marley who was Scrooges good and only friend as an adult, visits Scrooge as a ghost. Marley has a very meaningful message for Scrooge it is a very big part in Dickens' message that he is trying to convey throughout the book. In the book when Marley comes to Scrooge he explains that if we do not make the most of our lives on earth, by giving, sharing etc... then we have to do so after death, we have to wander the world regretting not helping and being a good person wanting to help but not being able to do so and never being to rest for eternity. "That the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not froth in life, it is condemned to do so after death." Also that the spirit cannot be happy because its not aloud to rest, stay of linger anywhere it has to watch what it could have had done on earth. ...read more.

Conclusion

He realises he won't be able to change things like Belle and so forth but that he can help in many ways. The first thing he does is get the biggest and the best turkey and sends it to the Cratchit's. He then goes to his nephew Fred's house to celebrate Christmas with them, because he now realised that Christmas was far from a humbug. From that moment on Scrooge changed and became the best man he could be. "Scrooge was better than his word.... He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew. In conclusion to this essay, the message to A Christmas Carol that Dickens is trying to convey in all the different ways is mainly that we are equal, nobody is more important than anyone else even if one person is a millionaire and the other lives on the streets. That we should love and look out for each other "Love thy neighbour as thyself." After all, this book is also about Christmas spirit and to be a good Christian. To give to the less fortunate then yourself. Also that money can't make happiness that happiness can be found by being a good person and to love everyone no matter what there situation is. We should live our lives to the full and be grateful for what we have, and not always wishing we had more therefore never being content with what we do have. There is always someone worse off than ourselves. That being selfish and greedy, gets us nowhere, which one day we will regrette. But that it's never to let to change and help others. ?? ?? ?? ?? Louisa Wimbush 1 ...read more.

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