The narrator foretells of how the Whos will wake to their yearly Christmas routine of getting up early and rushing for toys. The narrator also claims, “Oh the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise! That’s one thing he hated!”(6). From this the reader is able to gather that the uproar created by the Whos is one of several characteristics of Christmas that the Grinch loathes. To his dismay all of the Whos adore their toys and making noise. The Whos even enjoy doing this together so much that they recreate their form of celebrating every year. Being an outsider of the community and the activities, the Grinch has no way to comprehend the pleasure they find in Christmas
The novel “A Christmas Carol” takes place in a poor section of London, England during the Industrial revolutions (1800’s). The main character is Ebenezer Scrooge. He is a hard-hearted business man that hates Christmas. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley that now wears a heavy chain for thinking only of making money instead of helping others around him. Marley warns Scrooge that he’s heading the same direction and will be given a chance to avoid it. Marley tells Scrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits on the next day.
Almost everything in life can be seen to have a counterpart, an opposite. This tendency is universal, whether it be the stereotypical roles of good cop and bad cop or Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. It also appears in literature, as many writers introduce topics or characters that contrast each other; they use juxtaposition. Charles Dickens is one of these many writers, as is seen in A Christmas Carol. The novella begins by introducing the protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge. He is an extremely wealthy, but selfish and gauche old man. Due to past experiences, his outlook on mankind and the world at large is jaded, and this is especially true on Christmas. While the rest of the world is preparing to celebrate he is instead reminded of everything
Archetypal school of literary criticism is a type of literary criticism that is concerned with recurring myths and archetypes in symbols, characters, actions, and situations within literary pieces. A myth is a story handed down through history and an archetype is a typical character, action or situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature. Archetypal school of literary criticism strongly applies to Dr. Seuss’ children poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. In this literary piece, the character archetype is the Grinch being the outcast. The outcast archetype is a character that is banished from a social group because of a crime committed. The Grinch is not banished by the Who people, however he chooses to exclude
The school method of criticism that I will use to analyze the poem "How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Marxist critic. It is a theory, the consciousness of a given class at a given historical moment derives from modes of material production that were demonstrated through the relationship between the Grinch and the people of Whoville. The poem is about the Grinch who hates Christmas so he wants to ruin it for people in Whoville, in which he achieved by stealing the presents from them. The Grinch’s hatred towards Christmas was directly shown in the poem, “The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!” This line demonstrates the Marxist critic in this poem as readers will be able to identify the reason for Grinch’s hatred towards Christmas
In ‘A Christmas Carol’, Dickens presents Ignorance and Want in a metaphorical fashion, depicting them as children. This is done in such a manner as to shock and appall the reader, leading to greater emotional investment.
Characters in stories sometimes follow a theme when it comes to their traits. These traits are called archetypes. Archetypes can be as simple as a villain or hero. They can also be used to portray unfathomable human characteristics that exists in everyone. Characteristics such as greed, lust, envy, pride, sloth, and gluttony are examples. In The Devil and Tom Walker the author portrays archetypes in the characters Tom Walker, Mrs. Walker, and the Devil.
Many film and literature characters fail to leave an impact on the reader. This is not the case for Charles Dickens’ character Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol and Frank Capra’s creation of a character, George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life. Both protagonists are beloved characters, but have drastic similarities and differences. Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey are best compared by their outlook on life, time spent with the spirits, and each character’s transformation in the story.
A common archetype is the rebel archetype and can be seen in many books and non-literary works like movies or songs. The rebel represents bravery in the face of injustice and going against the beliefs of the majority no matter how radical or illogical it may seem at the time because they will never give up on their beliefs. A rebel in literature always opposes the higher power, not afraid to fight, whether it be verbally or physically, to succeed in bringing power to an often oppressed group. In most literature the rebel, seen as the underdog, stands up for good against an evil force, however, the rebel can also be antagonist of the work. Whether they represent good or evil, they often inevitably lead to the breakdown of society.
Naturally, A Christmas Carol has become such an influential work that modern authors still draw upon the character types, conflicts, and themes found in Dickens’ traditional story. At the end of A Christmas Carol, after all the Ghosts left
Scrooge’s first visit with The Ghost of Christmas Past is to see his younger self when he was just a boy. Upon seeing his old childhood town, he started to cry, with which he dismissed his tear as being “a pimple”. They visited the school he used to attend, and Scrooge, knowing that “a solitary child”, being himself, “is left there still”, started sobbing. He saw himself as a boy, and “he said, in pity for his former self, “Poor boy!” and cried again”.
Events from the past can influence people to change their life for the better. Influence from anyone and anything can definitely affect you. Chances are, if you have done atrocious things, you probably want to try and do some good. This the case for the main characters in the stories “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “A Retrieved Reformation” by O’ Harey. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy, grumpy man who hates Christmas and really anything that involves joy. One night, when three spirits come to him to inform him about the past, present, and future, he decides to turn his life around and change for the better. Jimmy Valentine is a safe cracker who moves to a new town. Once he meets a girl name Annabel, he decides to literally change his
The light symbol has given away the literal and figurative significant. Light usually represent the happiness, joyful, and exhilaration. The author used many forms of light to describe an insistent hope of salvation, but it also flashbacks a painful life of Sonny’s father. Darkness and music have given unusual prominence that emphasises the awful life in Harlem, and how music brought those two brothers together at the end of the story.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, also known as “The Grinch”, is a 2000 family-based, Christmas-themed, comedy film delivered by Universal and Imagine Entertainment and based on the 1957 children’s picture book written by Dr. Seuss of the same name. Directed by Ron Howard (who also directed “Splash”, “Rush”, and “The Dilemma”), “The Grinch” was the first full-length feature film adapted from the series of outstanding and beloved Dr. Seuss tales. Since the film was the first to be based off one of Seuss’s famous children's books, many additions had to be made to the storyline to make the film fit the era’s “standards” by bringing it up to feature-length, leaving the young and older audience intrigued, and most importantly keeping the legacy of Dr. Seuss's works intact. In addition, this included adding some vivid information about the
Dr. Seuss’ poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” can be analyzed using many different schools of criticism, however, the psychoanalytical school of criticism holds allows us to truly understand the “true meaning” behind the poem. The poem begins with a socially isolated character, the Grinch, who loathes Christmas and wishes to completely destroy it. He wants to completely eliminate Christmas from “Whoville.” The Grinch gets irritated whenever when he hears the singing from the children and sees families feasting together in the holiday season. However, as the poem progress, the Grinch starts to feel the love and happiness involved with Christmas and ends up correcting his wrongdoings to ultimately enjoy Christmas with the “Whos.”