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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

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. A Christmas Carol Essay.

    He is sharp within the sense of his wit, he talks down to those he opposes and with his sharp wit attacks them verbally, such as where he talks to his nephew and says "What reason have you to be merry?

  2. The novel 'A Christmas Carol', by Charles

    be like to die, he had better do it and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge felt so horrified by what he had said and he hung his head in shame and he was overcome with grief. We can see now that Scrooge is really changing into a person with feelings for other people apart from himself.

  1. In what way is 'A Christmas Carol' an allegory? Explain how Dickens uses symbolism ...

    The counting house along with Scrooge's cold, bitter greed strengthens Scrooge's appearance as a hollow man even though not much is said about his work place 'Counting' brings money into sight which is the only thing Scrooge really cares for.

  2. A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost.

    Scrooge went to bed again, and thought, and thought, and thought it over and over, and could make nothing of it. The more he thought, the more perplexed he was; and, the more he endeavoured not to think, the more he thought.

  1. Dickens Essay Comparrison

    The words are repeated so the reader associates it with something else that is repeated which is the presence of the main character. This is not as effective as other techniques because other techniques are more effective and overshadow the descriptive words.

  2. To What Extent does Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' fit into the Genre of the ...

    We none of us spoke of money, because that subject savoured of commerce and trade, and though some might be poor, we were all aristocratic." This is an extract from the book Cranford written by Mrs. Gaskell in 1853. In this quote you can see that is was as clear

  1. What makes 'A Christmas Carol' such a Powerful and memorable story

    Dickens is very good at catching the readers' imagination mainly for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Dickens manages to keep the suspense through most of the Staves especially in Stave One, this is very hard to maintain particularly throughout a whole stave but some how Dickens manages to do this.

  2. An essay on A Christmas Carol. I will discuss how Dickens uses different language ...

    Dickens? uses the charity men to get his personal view of poverty across to the reader and also to show that not all Victorians were selfish. However, Scrooge act as if he is careless, annoyed and doesn?t want to give to charity.

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