A Christmas Carol
Lots of people take great pleasure in listening or telling ghost
stories. People enjoy this because it gives them a chance to tell
people maybe some of their own experiences, stories or their ideas.
Some of these may be very scary and some may only be mildly scary. It
is also a good way of socialising as you are talking to people and
sharing experiences that people may find extremely interesting,
resulting in them thinking you are very intellectual, as telling
stories can be more in depth than just having a conversation.
The usual setting for a ghost story is an image of darkness and fear,
which is intended to bring across the image of fear on the reader and
involve them in the story.
In the actual ghost stories the image of a ghost is usually something
that is scary, dead and wants to bring you harm in any way possible.
They usually only appear in the dark as a story tends to be more
fearful if the atmosphere and appearance of the story is dark,
secluded and dirty.
Although as you get older the whole image of a ghost changes it tends
to become a more secluded, unknown creature or maybe a memory of a
person and sometimes may not be scary, it can be friendly or somebody
you may be able to make contact with. Some people actually believe in
ghosts, which is maybe why ghost stories sometimes do so well in the
Now for the actual story, a Christmas carol. The story takes place in
London, pre 1914. Charles Dickens is very good at creating a ghostly
image by using the power of adjectives and contrasting the light and
dark and bright and dull images. An example of this is “cold, bleak,
biting weather, it is the use of these words and techniques that give
the reader the sense of secrecy and seclusion. There are several uses
of language that you can use to create the image of fear, you can use
repetition, by doing this you make sure that the point is clearly made
and the audience understands fully. Dickens uses the power of
contrasting to get the best possible results in the story, Dickens
contrasts scrooge with gothic windows and cold, but then turns to
Christmas and great fires this contrast can really give you a clear
image of a street in which you have different sections and I get the
feeling of being closed in. This also happens again near the end of
extract 3, in the lord mayors house lots of preparations are being
made for Christmas and you can see that a Christmas mood and essence
is in the air, then in the next line you are suddenly withdrawn and
swung into a world of misery with the line “Foggier yet, and colder!
Piercing, searching, biting cold”. This tells us that even though the
weather is horrible the preparation for Christmas doesn’t stop, as it
is a time for joy.
Dickens also describes the weather in extract three when Scrooge is
walking home, although this time he doesn’t make the weather look as
mean. “The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, that knew its...