Written for children, or as a “pot-boiler”, Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” is intended to deliver a message to the readership of the time…
The novella’s themes are still relevant today…
In the novella ‘A Christmas Carol’, Ebenezer Scrooge changes dramatically; the writer Charles Dickens shows this in various way using language devices, narrative voice, symbolism and other techniques.
• Dickens’ life.
• What life was like for the poor in Victorian London.
• Explain what …show more content…
The next paragraph of Scrooge’s description includes another language device which compares Scrooge’s physical features to the weather. This weather symbolism is effective because it helps the reader to visualise Scrooge’s appearance. It opens with ‘the cold within him froze his own features’ implying that his own cold character caused his cold appearance. On top of this, Dickens uses words such as ‘nipped’, ‘shrivelled’ and ‘stiffened’ which altogether give a wintry theme to the description and helps compare the harsh winter weather to Scrooge’s lifeless, uncaring personality.
• What quotations show Scrooge’s attitude to other people, money and Christmas/how do they do this?
• What quotations show other people’s views of Scrooge and what is the significance?
• How do the long descriptions set the scene?
• How do other language features show the character of Scrooge (Use MITSL)?
Dickens then begins to use alliteration to help emphasise the characteristics of …show more content…
The spirit firstly takes him into the city beside a ‘knot of businessmen’ who is discussing the death of a fellow businessman with little emotion. The second visit is at a pawn shop where a charwoman, laundress and undertaker are all trading in items that Scrooge recognizes as his own without showing concern for what they were doing. He is next taken to see a corpse where he refuses to uncover the veil of the body but demands to see if the death of the man is cared about by anyone, with which he sees a family who are happy with the death. The fifth visit is at the Cratchit’s house where the family tenderly mourn the death of Tiny Tim but the final and foremost visit passes his empty counting house into a dreary graveyard where he sees his own grave. At this point, Scrooge breaks down in front of the Spirit, begging and pleading; ‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ His cries of forgiveness, full of remorse, end along with the Stave when the graveyard transformed back into his