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The main character is a man named Scrooge who is middle class, he is a selfish ,mean, spiteful and bitter man

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Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 by Charles Dickens who is a very popular writer. He was born in 1812 and died in 1870. In a week of selling A Christmas Carol it had sold 6,000 copies and Dickens called it his most prodigious success. The book has influenced the way people in Britain thinks of Christmas. He wrote the novella for the upper class to try to tell them how the poor was being treated and try to get the upper class to help them. He aimed the book at the upper class because most of the working class couldn't read or write and the only people who could make a difference was the upper class. The Christmas Carol was set in London because this was where most of the poverty was. And Dickens also lived in London. And by 1851 half of the British population lived in London so there was mass overcrowding in the poor areas and this lead to a breeding ground for diseases. So Dickens wrote this short story in hope it may change some of this. ...read more.


The ghost of Christmas past reminds Scrooge of how happy he once was, and how he once was kind and thoughtful. The ghost of Christmas past is gentle and shows Scrooge when he was happy and when he had a fianc�e, and this was the time when money wasn't the most important thing and this was the time where he had the most fun in his life. The ghost then shows Scrooge when money started to dictate his life and when his fianc�e Belle broke up with him, because she could tell that Scrooge cared more about making profits and money than their relationship. This is the first stage where money started to take over Scrooges life and in this case it ruined his marriage. The ghost starts to persuade Scrooge by showing the wrong things he has done instead of telling him. The ghost of Christmas present makes Scrooge realise how you don't need money to have some of the best things in life and happiness is more important than money. Slowly Scrooge starts to understand the wrong things he has done and starts to thoughtful and caring for others, we see this in a quote. ...read more.


Make up the fires, and buy another coalscuttle before you dot another, Bob Cratchit". here is a quote in the book to show how much Scrooge has changed and the end of the novella. "Scrooge was better than his word, he did it all, and infinitely more, and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second farther. He became as good as a friend, as good as a master, and as good as a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world, some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laughed". Dickens tries to tell the reader through Scrooges transformation, that it is better to be happy with or with out money, and that any one can change to a better person. The character of Scrooge learns that you don't have to be rich to be happy and you become a happier man if you don't become greedy or mean. his character is used as a device through which Dickens highlights the importance of happiness than wealth and also helping others whom are in need. Louis Jenkins ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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