Consider The Ways In Which Dickens Might Have Wished To Influence Readers Of 'A Christmas Carol' And Examine the Techniques He Used When Writing The Story.

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English Coursework-A Christmas Carol

Consider The Ways In Which Dickens

Might Have Wished To Influence

 Readers Of ‘A Christmas Carol’

 And Examine the Techniques

 He Used When Writing

The Story.

Charles Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol in 1843, it is basically a story showing the difference of 19th-century Victorian England's division between the rich and poor. It shows London as a great world power, rich influential, yet there was more poverty through its streets and factories than ever. Dickens intentions were to show this and a number of other themes. The Christmas spirit; above all, A Christmas Carol is a celebration of Christmas and the good that comes of it. Redemption and free will; the main thing in a Christmas Carol is watching Scrooge's transformation from tight fisted old man,’ A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!’ to generous gentleman.

        A Christmas Carol is set in 1840’s, London, on Christmas Eve and Christmas day,’ cold, bleak, biting weather, foggy withal’. The story also goes back in time to London when Scrooge was a boy. In the 1840’s there was so much poverty. People were sent to workhouses or debtors prisons.

The basic plot is that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, cold-hearted creditor who continues his greedy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects a Christmas dinner invitation, nephew, Fred; he yells at charity workers; and he overworks his employee, Bob Cratchit. At night, Scrooge's former partner Jacob Marley, dead for seven years, visits him in the form of a ghost. Since he died he has been wandering the earth as punishment for being consumed with business. He has come to warn Scrooge and perhaps save him from the same fate. He tells him Three Spirits will come to him over the next three nights.

Scrooge falls asleep and wakes up to find the Ghost of Christmas Past, a small, elderly figure. The Ghost shows Scrooge scenes from the past, showing him as a young boy, lonely but with the potential for happiness.

Scrooge goes to sleep and is awakened by the Ghost of Christmas Present, a giant with a life span of one day (Christmas day). He shows Scrooge several current scenes of Christmas joy and, then shows him the Cratchit household. The Ghost tells Scrooge that unless the future is changed, the Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim, will die. He also shows Scrooge the party at Fred's house. Finally at the end of the stave, a boy and girl crawl out from the Ghost's robes. The Ghost calls them Ignorance and Want and warns Scrooge to beware them.

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The final ghost, Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come replaces the other ghost. He shows Scrooge several scenes of people discussing someone's death. Scrooge does not know, however, who the man is. He learns that Tiny Tim has died, but the Cratchit’s maintain their love. Scrooge finally discovers that he is the one who has died and his death has only pleased people. He expresses hope that these scenes of the future can be changed, and promises to include the lessons of the past, present, and future into his adoption of the Christmas spirit. Scrooge wakes up in his bedroom ...

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