The Case Of A Christmas Carol

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marriage and gender roles. In the case of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wants readers to see how living a life that radiates love and promotes happiness is better than being selfish and living a miserable life, and how past circumstances heavily influence who we are as people. The two messages both authors want readers to take away from the story, although different, achieve the takeaway through the utilization first person narration. Furthermore, the narration in these stories also consists of free indirect discourse, which is a type of third person narration that also incorporates elements of first person narration. In both A Christmas Carol and Pride and Prejudice, free indirect discourse has the same purpose—it acts as a way for a way the characters’ thoughts to shine through and become intertwined with the narrators thoughts. This causes the characters’ feelings and thoughts to be validated and be made known, which adds credibility to the narrator and creates another layer of depth within the stories. The use of first person narration and free indirect discourse is the same in both novels and allows the reader to take away the message at hand, however, the tone of the narration within the two novels slightly differs. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen allows her voice and opinions to be known through her narrator by being subtly critical of social hierarchy and marriage for power and status. Even though she does this, the entire time she is placing emphasis on…

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