Thursday, May 30, 2019
A Christmas Carol Essay -- English Literature
A Christmas CarolIn a Christmas Carol, Dickens uses some of his past childhoodexperiences to show us that Christmas is very important and numerousmessages come across in this book. It is split up into five staves.The reason that they are staves instead of chapters as staves are utilisein music and it is called a Christmas carol.In most cases, when people hear the word Christmas, we think of atime for giving and sharing with people less fortunate, a time for world thankful for everything we have no matter how little or how big,a chance to spend time with the people we love, joking, laughing andsmiling. Generally a cheeseparing time is had by all. Possibly the onlyexception is Scrooge. Scrooge is a cruel, cold, heartless, unwelcomingcharacter who changes his heart and mind at Christmas. What messageswere given by Dickens just about Christmas? Can we change our hearts andourselves just like Scrooge?Scrooge is an elderly miser. Hes living in the Victorian times whenit was preferably different to how we live nowadays, especially atChristmas. When we wake up on Christmas morning, the first thing wewant to do is indeterminate our presents hoping someone has remembered what weasked for, watch others open gifts weve bought, cram as much turkeydown our throats as possible and have parties with friends and family.In the Victorian times, they celebrated the birth of Christ. Even thepoor who had scarcely anything thanked God for all that they had, eventhough it was so little. Most people spent time with their family,singing songs and eating lovely dinner partys. It was usually the bestdinner of the year.Scrooge did none of this. He hated Christmas. Whenever anything wasmentioned about the event, he usually replied ... ...the same as any otherday. I like how Dickens used the repetitiveness of the wordmelancholy, as it just highlights how sad, depressed and boring hisevening is. You can just imagine the street at which he lives. Peoplein all the houses are laughing, e njoying themselves, singing, spendingtime together, apart from one man. All Christmas decorations are putup and the rooms are all bright, cheery and doting apart from in onehome ScroogesAfter reading the final part, Stave 5, our ascertaining towards Scroogechanges dramatically and we start to feel empathetic because of hischanges.Just the first sentence in the 5th Stave shows something has changed.A Holophrastic phrase is exclaimed and it is a total change from the 1stStave. It says Yes Although Scrooge doesnt actually say it, it isa positive comment which we rarely saw in the first Stave.