Essay on Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Charles Dickens tells the story of a man named Ebenezer Scrooge who is taught the true meaning of Christmas and is shown the errors of his ways. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published in 1843, this was a time of social and political unrest. Dickens motivation for writing this story was to encourage employers to treat workers well, he uses the Christmas Carol to portray this message.

Charles Dickens felt strongly about the working conditions and poverty that many people endured. He wanted to encourage employers to treat their workers well. At the time that ‘A Christmas carol’ was published, the Chartists were agitating for better pay and
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Be here all the earlier next morning!”

Another description of Scrooge is shown by the weather, “no warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him.” Also the weather reflects Scrooges personality, “the fog and the darkness thickened,” this shows a dim and dark view in to Scrooge’s sombre, character.

Scrooge lives in a gloomy suite of rooms, which is so old and dreary that Scrooge is the only one who lives there. This is where Scrooge encountered Marley, on Christmas Eve seven years to the date when he passed away. Marley firsts appears on the door where the knocker sits, “but looked at scrooge as Marley used to look: with ghostly spectacles turned up upon is ghostly forehead. Scrooge is not an easily frightened man, but from the sight of the ghostly face, he becomes slightly unnerved, and double looks himself in as an attempt to dismiss the ghostly face. “I won’t believe it,” once again is presented with a ghostly figure, “ I know him! Marley’s ghost!” Marley, “The chain he drew wrapped was clasped about his middle. It was long, and wound round him like a tail.” The significance of the chain was what it holds: cash boxes keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses wrought in steel. Marley was Scrooge’s partner and he
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