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A Christmas Carol Coursework By Matt Petry There is a great deal of warmth and humour in 'A Christmas Carol' alongside the ghostly atmosphere and social criticism. Discuss In A Christmas Carol, the author, Charles Dickens writes a lot about social critiscm, the ghostly atmosphere that is present throughout almost every stave, as well as the warmth and humour of the story. Dickens had a very poor upbringing. He struggled to earn much money. This affected his inspiration for A Christmas Carol because he had experienced being poor and wanted people to realise how badly the poor needed help. Dickens originally was going to write a pamphlet 'An Appeal To The People Of England.' But abandoned it in favour of A Christmas Carol. During the Victorian era, the poor people had a very hard time. They relied heavily on the meagre wages that their employers paid them. Some even have to turn to crime to get an extra income. This is shown in Stave Four. 'Mrs Dilber was next. Sheets. And towels, a little wearing apparel, two old fashioned silver teaspoons, a pair of sugar tongs, and a few boots. Her account was stated on the wall in the same manner.' Here Mrs Dilber has stolen these things and has sold them to a pawnshop to gain some extra money. The Poor were forced to behave badly as a result of the society forged by people like Scrooge. ...read more.


This is another frightening quality of this ghost; it is emitting an eerie light that is not only scary, but contributes to the ghostly atmosphere as in ghost stories, there always seems to be a strange light. The second ghost, The Ghost Of Christmas Present seems much more jovial than the others. The niceness of this ghost is shown in the description of it. 'Its dark-brown curls were long and free; free as its genial face, its sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanour, and its joyful air.' However, this is a ghost, and with all ghosts comes something scary. Although not as much as with The Ghost Of Christmas Present, but there are some terrifying qualities of this ghost. 'It was strange, too, that, while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older.' This is scary as right in front of Scrooge this ghost is aging rapidly. In fact, it is aging so much as to its figure changing. '"...but I see something strange, and not belonging to itself protruding from your Skirts. Is it a foot or a claw?"' Scrooge is unable to see what it actually is coming from the ghosts Skirts. 'From the foldings of its robe it brought two children, wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable.' This is what I think, the scariest moment so far in the book, when the ghost produces these two children from himself. ...read more.


Christmas Ebenezer..."' The Fezziwigs are probably one of the happiest couples in the book. This shows Scrooge what he has been missing out on, and to balance out the grimness. This book is a Christmas story, and if it was too grim there would be no readers and therefore Dickens would not get his message around. However, the moment with the most warmth in it is Stave Five, when Scrooge awakens as a changed man. Scrooge immediately does many kind and happy things. '"I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school boy, I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody. A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"' Scrooge's first order of business is to get a present to the Crachitts. '" A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they've sold the prize turkey that was hanging up there..."' '"I'll send it to Bob Crachitts."' After that, Scrooge visits his nephew. '"It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?"' Finally, Scrooge raises Bob's salary on Boxing Day, when they return to work. '"...and therefore, I am about to raise you salary!"' The final line in A Christmas Carol, sums up all of the warmth in the story. '"And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"' A Christmas Carol is a story that balances social critiscm finely with the ghostly atmosphere and the warmth and humour. Dickens manages to get his message across as well as tell the best Christmas story, ever written. ...read more.

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