In A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens describes his main character Ebenezer Scrooge in a direct characterization manner . Dickens begins to describe him directly to the audience as; “..secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.” and also describes him as: “...a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!” and lastly describes him as “... a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!” in page 8. Here Dickens introduces a greedy, self contained and penny-pinching character. Dickens chooses to reveal Scrooge through direct characterization to inform the audience about of Scrooge's way of thinking, like what he admires and dislikes, giving us a better picture of the character. The effect is that the reader begins to understand how the character is and what decisions a character might make.
The ghost of Christmas present took Scrooge to a place in London where people who were less fortunate lived At a lighthouse, two men “joined hands over the rough table at which they sat, and they wished each other a Merry Christmas” (Dickens 6.1). Those people had to work on Christmas, but they made the best of it and had their own Christmas. The ghost of Christmas Present also took Scrooge to his nephew’s house. At his nephew’s house, they were playing a game and Scrooge’s nephew was thinking of something while the other had to figure out what it was. He was thinking of “a savage animal, an animal that growled and grunted sometimes, and lived in London.” (Dickens 6.3). After that, someone guessed “It’s your Uncle Scrooge!” (Dickens, 6.3). When everyone laughed, Scrooge began to feel very sad that people were making fun of him for the way he acted. At that point, Scrooge knew that he needed to make a major change in his
Envision this: you’re a young schoolboy on an island with other boys your age, no parents, and a beast. What could this beast possibly be though? In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, young schoolboys have run away from their homes to fend-off rules and wind up coming in contact with a beast. This beast evolves throughout the story and appears to symbolize a multitude of things.
Wolves, when in groups, are universally threatening and recurrently feared. This being known, they are often portrayed as an evil or opposing force. Although, on occasion, they have also been known to be referred to as “noble creatures who can teach us many things.” (http://www.wolfcountry.net/) But consequently, despite the popular interpretation of wolves and their characteristics, each story presents its own interpretation of their many characteristics.
As the spirt begins to show Ebenezer the young boy and girl, he develops an appalled look upon him. Dickens describes the two as a “yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish” looking. The Spirt explains to Scrooge that the two below his robe belong to Man. That the boy represented Ignorance and the girl Want. The Spirt begins to warn him of the boy, “…for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased…” (Dickens). Taken back, Mr. Scrooge asks if there were any refuges or resources that could help the too, but the Spirt replied with Scrooge’s own words from earlier, “no prisons, no workhouses?” (Dickens). Again Ebenezer Scrooge is fed back with his own words. And as he begins to understand it all, he sees the importance
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.
If there is fire in this tale of Christmas, there is water nearby; everything exists with a polar opposite. The spirits, while all aiming to accomplish the same goal, literally and figuratively show Scrooge both the good and the bad; the light and the dark. The first spirit is described as a “clear jet of light” which made everything “visible” (30). The spirit who is there to show him his past joyous Christmases, is also literally lighting the way. The third spirit is contrary to the first, being a source of darkness and fear. When meeting the spirit Scrooge felt its mere presence and was taken aback as he “bent down upon
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
In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens utilizes a plethora of literary devices such as similes, metaphors, imagery, and denouement to explore the capacity for change. This reveals that changing is never impossible until you’re six-feet under.
“The righteousness of the blameless keeps his ways straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness”(Prov. 11:5). The story, “A Christmas Carol”, is about a cold-hearted man named Scrooge who transforms himself into a jolly, kind man when three Ghosts teach Scrooge about the spirit of Christmas. In the story, Charles Dickens illustrates the theme of how no one is past redemption through the transformation of Scrooge’s personality by the lessons of the Spirits.
The Ojibwa Parable is a myth describing the existence of two “wolves” that govern our body: the Good one and Evil one. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of boys is stranded on a deserted island due to a plane crash. With no adults to guide them, the boys display multitude traits of the wolves. Through their countless actions and difficult situations, Ralph is characterized as a Good wolf and Jack is seen as the Evil.
In life some writers try to change society. Charles Dickens the author of A Christmas Carol and George Sims “A Christmas Day in the Workhouse” helped change people’s minds through their writing. There writing helped people realize that the poor was treated cruelly and would work for long hours, and that no one rich or in the middle class would help. Charles Dickens and George Gims wanted to make a positive change in society.
“Today I choose life, every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” - (Kevyn Aucoin). In the book, Christmas Carol happiness is one idea that beautifully connects each theme in the story together. Set in the Victorian era (1837-1901) Charles Dickens creates a character named, Ebenezer Scrooge who navigates through some this era. In the book, the themes that are carefully connected with the idea happiness are social injustice, Scrooge’s transformation, and childhood innocence. Social injustice represents how poor
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 Angela Carter’s “The Company of Wolves” the wolves are perceived as dangerous and aggressive creatures posing threat to humans. In small villages, the children are given weapons just to protect themselves from the evil wolves. However, in Angela Carter’s story, a male can turn into a wolf. This undermines the binary oppositions for Carter’s story. Aaron Devor states in “Gender Roles Behaviors and Attitudes”, how the females are dependent and how the males are independent and much more aggressive. Devor even shows us how the gender stereotypes are divided among today’s society. There are many examples of gender stereotypes in Carter’s story that go hand in hand with Devor’s statements. In Carter’s texts, there are examples of how the males act in a feminine way and how the females act in a masculine way.