a christmas carol essay Explore the theme of a change in Christmas carol by Charles Dickens"

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Saad Ijaz


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A Christmas carol essay

“Explore the theme of a change in Christmas carol by Charles Dickens”

The Christmas carol is a story, which can be called novella (a big story but short for a novel). Charles Dickens wrote this in 1843 and it soon became a very famous book. The character that I will be looking at who changes in this novel is Scrooge. Ebenezer Scrooge is known as a very selfish, stingy and cruel man. Scrooge runs his own business that provides him with lots of wealth but it’s his heart that never shows any goodness. His former business partner was Jacob Marley who died seven years ago in the novella.

So to start of Scrooge’s reclamation from a misanthropist to a philanthropist he meets his former business partner Jacob Marley’s spirit.  Jacob was a character who had a heart just like Scrooge, which is probably why they liked working together, and they were very successful.

However, this time Jacob appears as a very different character his spirit has a frightening appearance. He is chained from his feet to his arms and he comes to Scrooge as a beggar or desperate for help. His purpose to be there is to warn Scrooge of a future as miserable as his.  He tells Scrooge that three sprits would visit him and show him the past, present and the future. From Jacob’s visit Scrooge looks rather disturbed and anxious which means that he has a fear of what might happen and that is an important part of his metamorphosis.  

The first ghost is of Christmas past. This is one of the three spirits whose aim is to achieve Scrooge’s reclamation. The task for this spirit is to show Scrooge’s past, when he appears in the story he has a very bright appearance which could probably mean his bright past (innocent Scrooge). The spirit firstly takes Scrooge to his childhood when he was at school on his own after the Christmas holidays had been started. Scrooge looking at the boy identifies him well and out from his mouth come the words “poor boy” this shows a very unusual character of Scrooge who normally wouldn’t care about anyone.  This is why dickens has written referring to this “very foreign to his character.”

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On page 41 we finally start to see a transition in Scrooge’s character he feels very sorry for his self in the childhood.  He mentions to the spirit “ there was a boy singing the Christmas carol at my door last night. I should have given him something.”  The ghost gives a smile to see that his task is going very well and Scrooge is showing his true heart.

The spirit moves on to show Scrooge when he was much more older as a young adult when he was working for Fezziwig. He sees himself running and ...

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