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

With reference to context, language and structure, consider some of the factors that have contributed to the enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

G.C.S.E Prose Study Coursework: With reference to context, language and structure, consider some of the factors that have contributed to the enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol, 1843, is set against the backdrop of the industrial revolution. It was a time when industry was thriving but the gap between the poor and the rich was growing. Dickens' London was an unpleasant place to live due to atmospheric pollution, filth on the streets and widespread disease and illness. The level of general education was poor and poverty was rife. Charles Dickens influence to write the novel came from his own situation as a young boy consigned to the blacking factory as a result of his fathers debts. Other financial pressures were exerted upon him as his wife was expecting their fifth child. Dickens central concern is about children. Christmas symbolises a time of happiness in particular for children but this is not so for those living in poverty. Dickens wanted to highlight the plight of the poor and their social conditions. In A Christmas Carol Dickens combines the misery of the poor with the joy of Christmas. He felt that the only time the rich seemed to show any awareness of the suffering of others is during the Christmas period it's a time "when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys" Dickens completed the novel in a very short time and had little confidence that it would be successful. ...read more.

Middle

The image of a lonely boy makes the reader warm to him. Dickens introduces the idea that Scrooge has the potential to change. This captures the reader's attention again as it demonstrates that Scrooge did once have appreciation for others. He remembers the little boy that came singing carols and his nephew's earlier visit. We see that Scrooge is remorseful that he did not treat them better. The spirit takes Scrooge to a place where he used to work and is reminded how he had enjoyed Christmases in the past. He reflects on how he treats his employee when he remembers the kindness of his boss Mr Fezziwig had shown him. Finally, before the second spirit visits, the reader is drawn into Scrooge's sadness when he sees Belle happily married to someone else. Scrooge realises the importance of a family and is so saddened by this that he asks the spirit to "remove him from this place." The reader starts to feel sympathy for Scrooge. Secondly, Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is a story with a happy resolution. This is another key reason for its lasting appeal. The reader is taken through a wide range of emotions but in the final stave the only emotions are of happiness and hope. We see happiness throughout the stave and this prompts the reader to hope for more joy in the characters future. This is important as it reflects the spirit of Christmas for many people and it was how Dickens believed Christmas should be. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last stave is where we see a drastic change in Scrooge's behaviour. His merry attitude towards Christmas is seen when he says 'A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you, for many a year! I'll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family.' From this we can see that Scrooge has a new kindness within him. It shows that Scrooge has realised that he has not treated Bob well and that he will try to make amends. It also suggests that Scrooge is now more charitable and generous. We also see that Scrooge is again thinking about others 'assist your struggling family' which is an extreme contrast to Stave One 'If they would rather die...they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.' A Christmas Carol remains as popular as ever. This is because it continues to be relevant to today's society. Dickens wanted to cut through the materialism of Christmas and remind people of its real meaning, which is a time to be joyous and charitable. Dickens use of strong language when describing Scrooge's character at the beginning is to demonstrate that there is always a possibility of change and redemption of a character. This allows the reader to believe that there is some goodness in all. It creates feeling of hope, warmth and joy that is linked to Christmas. In 'A Christmas Carol' Dickens' use of language makes the reader feel that they are amongst the action. It conjures up all the range of emotions that a human being experiences and ultimately results in happiness, which is an emotion everyone strives for. ...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.

    oyster lives on it's own at the bottom of the ocean isolated, this idea of loneliness could be linked to scrooge. Oysters are also cocooned within a shell; this connects with the thought of scrooge hiding behind a self indulgent front and not letting anyone in emotionally.

  2. A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost.

    'Why, it's Ali Baba!' Scrooge exclaimed in ecstasy. 'It's dear old honest Ali Baba! Yes, yes, I know. One Christmastime, when yonder solitary child was left here all alone, he did come, for the first time, just like that. Poor boy!

  1. Examine how dickens uses the supernatural as a vehicle for change in 'A Christmas ...

    He can't run away for the light is so strong it grasps him. The spirit is introduced with a large range of different Christmas foods such as long plum-puddings, mince pies, 'cheery cheeked apples' and 'immense twelfth cakes', just to mention a few of the items layering the floor.

  2. A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens-what do we learn about the conditions of the ...

    From this quote it is obviously depicted by Scrooge himself that he despises the poor so much that even giving a tiny portion of his wealth to them would cause him pain because he thinks that money should not be wasted on the poor.

  1. "What is Dickens message in 'A Christmas Carol' and how does he make it?"

    Oh, no, no!" He cries that he is not the man he used to be, "I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, If I am past all hope?"

  2. How Does Dickens Portray Poverty In A Christmas Carol.

    Marley wore the chains because of every bad thing he did in his lifetime another link was added to the chain. This shows us that Marley was not a kind person. "Is its pattern strange to you?" The ghost questions Scrooge.

  1. At the beginning of the novel Dickens wants us to dislike Scrooge. Dickens uses ...

    children asked him what o'clock it was' this shows us that Scrooge has a presence which is quite threatening so people would avoid him. They ignore him because they don't want to acknowledge someone as cold as he is. Dickens uses repetition of the word, 'no' which creates a negative effect.

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

    The children take Tiny Tim's death better than his parents. Mrs. Cratchitt is very upset and is crying when Scrooge sees her. "The colour hurts my eyes,' she said. The colour? Ah poor Tiny Tim! 'They're better now,' said Cratchitt's wife.

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