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The editor of one edition of 'A Christmas Carol' wrote "A story so admirably told, the details of place, of time, of person so

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The editor of one edition of 'A Christmas Carol' wrote "A story so admirably told, the details of place, of time, of person so dexterously made real for us" How does Dickens achieve this? How does he 'A Christmas Carol' a story which "No one could help but enjoy" In this essay I am going to be writing about the different techniques in which Dickens uses, and by using these bring people, place and time to life. Dickens cleaver use of techniques throughout this book really makes us feel as if we are actually there are selves. I think that the reason why dickens is so good at making this all seem so real to us is because when he was younger he grew up as a child in London himself, which I think would explain why this book has so much detail in it. A lot of what happens in this book most probably happened to Dickens as a boy as he used to be quite poor himself, an example of this is the cratchits Christmas dinner which I think was based on what Christmas used to be like for Dickens. Dickens motive for writing this book was so that he could make people aware of how awful it was to be poor, so he therefore wrote this in a story to try and get his point across. ...read more.


Scrooge is also seen as a very closed up and secretive person. Dickens uses alliteration of the letter S to get this across "Self-contained, and solitary as an oyster" This creates a hissing sound almost comparing Scrooge to a snake and suggesting that whilst being "self-contained" and "Solitary as an oyster" that he is also - with Dickens cleaver use of Alliteration like a snake. This passage about the shops was one of the most descriptive passages in the book, and was full of many different techniques which really made the shops real for us, and brought them to life. He really makes us feel as if we are there walking down the street are selves and looking in the windows, by his very cleaver use of personification and adjectives. He also uses many similes so that he can compare something to something else so that we can really picture what it looks like. He compares a pot of chestnuts to the waistcoats of old men "There were great round, pot - bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped the waistcoats of old men" this really gives us an image of what the chestnuts look like. He then goes on and uses personification to create an image of the onions in the window, winking at the girls as they pass by "There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish friars; and winking from there shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by." ...read more.


Dickens also uses a lot good similes which really help us to image what the band sounds like "and tuned like fifty stomach-aches." This helps us to imagine what they must have sounded like while they were tuning their instruments and it really brings it to life for us. He also uses personification to create a better image of how Fezziwig dances. "Cut so deftly, that appeared to wink with his legs." He also makes a list of verbs to describe Fezziwigs voice "oily, rich, fat, jovial voice." Which tells us what Fezziwigs sounds like. In conclusion to this essay I think that the most effective technique which Dickens uses is his use of adjectives and the way in which he uses these to create such a clear picture of what is going on in our heads. As I have already said in paragraph two Dickens has several different ways in which he likes to use adjectives and only uses these ways throughout the book. He uses so many adjectives not only in these passages which I have written about but constantly through out the book, which really describe and brings to life for us the person, place and time really helping us to constantly have a clear image in our heads of what ever thing looks like and to always no what is going on. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kerrie Linehan ...read more.

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