Essay on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, in 1812 and died in
1870. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and family life was occasionally hard, especially when his father had to go to the debtor's prison. The young twelve year old Charles became the main money-maker in the family at this time and worked in a blocking factory. Charles' father was released a year later and Charles was able to go to school.

After school he became a clerk for solicitors, later becoming a journalist, a reporter at Doctors' Commons and at 22 joined a London newspaper. He published various papers in the Monthly Magazine, following this up with sketches and articles for the
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Charles wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. This short novel has a
Christmas theme and has been popular since it was first published.
This moral story is about an old man called Scrooge who hates
Christmas and is mean to everyone, but he is transformed. The lessons he learns are as much for the reader to benefit from as Scrooge. His transformation is the key event in the novel and the reader clearly sees Scrooge before and after his experiences. This process will now be explored more fully.

'A Christmas Carol', by Charles Dickens

When we first meet Scrooge he is described as a cold-hearted, selfish, evil man. He was a 'Tight-fisted hand at the grindstone', 'A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!'. He is also described as a very cold man, 'A frosty rime was on his head, on his eyebrows and on his wiry chin. He carried his own temperature always about with him'. The reader gets the impression that whenever somebody may walk past him they would shiver or shudder.
When the reader thinks of cold they may think of chilly or they may think symbolically of cold in a person, as in no passion or feeling.

When other people meet Scrooge their reaction was to avoid talking to him, nobody asked him even for a little amount of money or what the time was. This was because they knew his answer would be a negative one. Perhaps they thought that if they ignored Scrooge he would go away. It seems as if
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