A Christmas Carol Essay

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Ebenezer Scrooge is the major character in the story, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is about how a “cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish” money grabbing man is offered an opportunity of a life time, to change his behaviour, attitude... to have a second chance in life.
The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end."

In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end in the 5th Stave.
The title to the novella 'A Christmas Carol' this suggests that the story will be a joyful Christian message. 'Christmas' is a time for celebration and togetherness. It is the time for forgiveness, kindness and charity. 'Carol' is a chant which a group of people sing Christmas and Christian songs, so this is meant to be a time where people have fun and are united with family and friends.

How does Charles Dickens present the transformation in Ebenezer Scrooge between the 1st Stave to the 5th Stave off 'A Christmas Carol?'

Firstly, in the 1st Stave Charles Dickens uses repetition to engage the reader’s interest in the opening scene by repeating the word 'sole'. For example 'Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator... and sole mourner'. Dickens uses the word 'sole' 6 times, it emphasizes that he is Marley's only friend, only partner... This has an effect upon the reader as the repetition of this phrase gets jammed in the spectators mind so they know that Marley is dead, he's not alive he can't come back to life, he is dead and Scrooge was his ONLY friend... so we get the point and don’t fail to remember it.

Also, Dickens describes Ebenezer Scrooge as a 'cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish man' who despises Christmas and all things that incite happiness. In addition, the words have a rhythm, they all have three syllables. The title of this book is A Christmas Carol. A Carol is a hymn, the three descriptive words is representing a carol so this refers back to the title. A quote from the book is 'The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red'. Dickens portrays Scrooge's characteristics like the wintry weather conditions. This illustrates the readers what kind of personality Scrooge has, to me it’s like Dickens is describing Scrooge like Jack Frost. He is truly mean at the beginning but at the conclusion of his experience he changes to a nice man. Although Dickens describes Scrooge as a mean, rude man, it’s like Dickens is teaching us the viewers a lesson that everyone has a different side of them it just takes hard work to transform them.

'Squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching' these words portray Scrooge and how he acts upon things and how his actions and...

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