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A study of 'A Christmas Carol' and a comparison with the poem 'Christmas Shopping' by Louis MacNeice

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A study of 'A Christmas Carol' and a comparison with the poem 'Christmas Shopping' by Louis MacNeice At the beginning of 'A Christmas Carol', Scrooge holds a very dim view of Christmas and thinks of it was a "humbug" and a waste of time, '"Bah", said Scrooge, "Humbug!"' This single quotation gives a complete summing up of Scrooges' initial view of Christmas. He thinks of it in such a way, that to him it is not Christmas, but merely December the twenty fifth. "A poor excuse for picking a mans pocket every twenty-fifth of December". On the other hand, Scrooge finds a remote joy in Christmas in that it is a 'great season for the money-lenders', because people in those days often spend beyond their income and took out loans through 'Scrooge and Marley', which was a money-lending company among other things. ...read more.


Their Christmas celebration could not be more opposite to Scrooge, including the meal. Whilst Scrooge would be sat next to his fire of one log, enjoying a bowl of lukewarm gruel, the Cratchits' would be enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding, all hand prepared by Mrs Cratchit. This shows remarkable evidence to the way the Cratchit's celebrated Christmas. "Hurrah! There's such a goose, Martha!" and "God bless us, every one" back up this point superbly. From the enormous goose and Christmas pudding, served by Mrs Cratchit, to Scrooges Christmas meal of warmed over gruel, their two views of Christmas could not be more opposite. I think that Dickens drew the Cratchit family and their views of Christmas from his own personal experience as a child, because of him coming from a large and rather poor family, and so made this story very personal. ...read more.


This seems to make the spirit seem evil and unwelcoming, but Dickens writes, ""Are you the Spirit, sir, whose coming was foretold to me?" asked Scrooge. "I am" The voice was soft and gentle". This completely inverts past opinions of the ghost and now portrays it, as the description states, as 'soft and gentle'. The second spirit, the ghost of Christmas Present is introduced in an entirely new and non-script way, as a Jolly Giant. ""Come in" exclaimed the ghost, "Come in!"" are the ghost first words as Scrooge 'timidly' entered the room, which was now filled with a plentiful bounty of food and drink, and decorated, maybe overly for the Christmas season, with "turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages" and the list goes on. The point where Dickens writes "long wreaths of sausages" also ties into the Christmas theme, because a wreath is a traditional circular decoration hung at Christmas, so the usage of the word 'wreath' strongly enforces the seasonal feeling in the room. ...read more.

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