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"The Signalman" and "A Christmas Carol" look closely at the creation of the characters and atmosphere in both books.

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Charles Dickens A good friend of Charles Dickens named John Foster said that there was nothing Dickens liked more than to be told a good story. We have been given "The Signalman" and "A Christmas Carol". We are going to be looking especially closely at the creation of the characters and atmosphere in both books. "A Christmas Carol" was set in London. This story is about a businessman who is known for being very anti-social and bitter. He has no emotional connections with other people. Every night he returns from work to a small house. He lives in an apartment above storage areas, it is very crammed. One night when he gets home the ghost of his very good friend Jacob Marley, that died years ago visits him. The ghost begs him to change his wicked ways and appreciate life more or threatens he will regret it. Scrooge refuses to change his lifestyle for anyone, so three ghosts come to visit him to continue to persuade him. The three ghosts show Scrooge scenes from past, present and future Christmases. Eventually after all three ghosts have left Scrooge is horrified and disgraced of what he has seen so he changes and becomes a better person. ...read more.

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To us, the reader, he is recognisable. The Narrator in "A Christmas Carol" is cheerful and speaks in a friendly way. Throughout the book he is joking. By being this way he builds up a relationship with the reader. He talks to the reader as if they are good friends and have known each other for a long time. All of this creates enjoyment throughout the book ad creates trust between the narrator and the audience. By doing this they believe everything that is said and it gets the reader wanting to know more. The Narrator in "The Signalman" is the total opposite to the Narrator in "A Christmas Carol". In this book the Narrator is a mysterious and shadowy figure. We want to find out more about him through reading the book. Instead of being happy and cheerful, he is serious and moody, but yet he is caring towards the character of "The Signalman" and what happens to him in the book. "A Christmas Carol" is set in old Victorian London. Some of the settings were indoors; they were the offices in which he worked and his house. ...read more.

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He has more money than anyone else, but he does not benefit from it at all by buying things or going places, he works long hours to earn yet more money so he can think he is superior to everyone else. The Signalman "taught himself a language there," "but being at all times liable to be called by his electric bell, and at such times listening for it with redoubled anxiety, the relief was less than, I would suppose." This proves to us that he is very intelligent, but yet there is something morally right about him because he takes his job seriously because it is important for people's safety. Overall he is a warm-hearted person that enjoys the company of others. This character is the total opposite to Scrooge. The Signalman has a more caring attitude towards humanity. Also he is very hard working and his main gal in life is to do his job perfectly otherwise as a consequence his ghostly images may become reality. He has a sense of duties and wishes to do his job properly to do well with his studies. I found "A Christmas Carol" was the most enjoyable and effective, because it was easier to understand, and also I found the way in which the narrator in "The Signalman" came across as uninteresting. ...read more.

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