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Was Dickens novella A Christmas Carol written as a childrens story or was it meant for a very different audience?

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Coursework essay Pre 1914 prose Was Dickens' novella "a Christmas carol" written as a children's story or was it meant for a very different audience. Charles Dickens was born on the 7th of February 1812 in a place called Landport in Portsmouth, and he died on the 9th June 1870 at the age of 58. At his time he was one of the most popular authors of the Victorian Era and the most successful too. In his lifetime, he wrote books like Oliver Twist and The Christmas carol to make the rich people of England aware of the cruel and cold life the poor had to suffer. When Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol he wrote it to try and make the rich more charitable. At that time, he and his family were planning on going to a grand tour of Europe, which was coming up, and so he was in need of making money quick, so he wrote this novella, it was priced at about 5 shillings, which is roughly equivalent to �45 and targeted at the wealthier readers mainly adults. The novella became a huge success for Dickens and it still is extremely well known globally. Ever since then, the media has tried to change the target audience so that it can be more of a family or children's story rather than an adult's book. ...read more.

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what makes the novella most suitable for adult readers is how he Dickens combines the two themes, life and death together in order to bring the add a gothic twist to the story. But on the other hand, characters like the ghosts of Christmas past and present and tiny Tim are characters which a younger audience may have interest in. in the story there is also themes such as misery and happiness & rich and poor, so by judging the story on its themes and characters, there is definitely something for most age groups and audiences present. But overall when it comes to the characters in the story, it would have been for the older audience, mainly because, many of the characters aren't suitable for children, fortunatley the media and industry have transformed the original characters into the more child friendly characters which can be seen in the modern films of a Christmas carol. The gothic genre of stories was favored in the Victorian era so Dickens tried to add some of his gothic conventions to his novella. At the time, children and adults loved the gothic genre so the novella was then most likely to be suitable for all ages. Dickens places in a Christmas carol some of the basic conventions of a gothic story such as the several ghosts and the mystery and suspense in the atmosphere with the ghost of Christmas future. ...read more.

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The happy theme at the end of the novella also makes the story more suitable for children as most children stories include happy endings. A Christmas Carol has changed its audience since the story was published, it was initially written for the rich, and to be specific adults, but over time it has been slowly transformed into something many children will be interested in watching, a family classic which is usually enjoyed many Christmas'. During this time, the characters have been changed to suit the audience and to allow them to appeal to a children as well as adults, for example, the ghosts have become less gothic, like the ghost of Christmas future and other characters in comparison to the first book or film. My opinion about the audience for a Christmas carol is that it was initially targeted at families; I think this mainly because children would love to have a gothic twist to their Christmas classic and not completely a children's movie so the adults can enjoy it too. To conclude to my essay I personally think that the book was initially written to be suitable for all ages, it is more of a family story, especially considering at the time that all age groups loved gothic stories, both children and adults, making it enjoyable for them both. But at the same time some scenes of the novella may be unsuitable for younger children, especially the scene involving the ghost of Christmas past. Choose either one of the last two. ?? ?? ?? ?? Izzah Asif ...read more.

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