• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Please don't use the computer will be back soon

Extracts from this document...


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.


"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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Christmas Carol section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Christmas Carol essays

  1. How does Dickens use the character of Scrooge to teach his readers, old and ...

    were a bi-product of people being so greedy and not caring about others. This metaphor truly showed the state of the poor that were not cared for by the wealthy. When the book was written in 1840, around half of all deaths were by children.

  2. How Does Dickens Convey His Moral Message In a Christmas Carol?

    Will you not speak to me?' It gave him no reply. The hand was pointed straight before them. Dickens has portrayed the last spirit as inhuman, a frightening figure which cannot speak, and he do this using descriptive language. He also uses many devices such as repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia.

  1. Dickens is trying to change Victorian society. How does he use the ghosts to ...

    The Victorian era was a time for getting rid of old values and replacing them with industrialism and overcrowded cities. Dickens tries o show the transition from Scrooge as a boy to an adult, how Scrooge replaced his own values with greed for money and the desire to be rich.

  2. A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost.

    It is a ponderous chain!' Scrooge glanced about him on the floor, in the expectation of finding himself surrounded by some fifty or sixty fathoms of iron cable; but he could see nothing. 'Jacob!' he said imploringly. 'Old Jacob Marley, tell me more! Speak comfort to me, Jacob!'

  1. Dickens Essay Comparrison

    In the last chapter we do know how scrooge feels, he feels like a "baby". When someone is described as a baby it means they are innocent, open minded, and means the person maybe starting a fresh. By showing Scrooge feels like he's starting a fresh shows that he has

  2. Show how Dickens presents the change in Scrooge's view of life and death. Look ...

    His nephew obviously cares a lot for Scrooge and believes that he's a good man, no matter what his attitudes like. Here we see two different personalities and the relationship his nephew wants with his uncle. His nephew is powerful with his words, cheerful and good humoured.

  1. What are the moral lessons Dickens wished to convey in A Christmas Carol, and ...

    Another of the morals of A Christmas Carol is how money can make you an outcast from society, and Dickens uses Scrooge as a perfect example to show the reader how egotistic the richer members of Victorian society could be.

  2. At the endof the novel we are told that Scrooge ''became as good a ...

    Scrooge's attitude to his family is no different to the way to the way he treats complete strangers. Scrooge's only living relative that we know of is his nephew Fred. Who is a very cheerful and pleasant person, and contrasting with Scrooge to be his complete opposite.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work