How does Charles Dickens convey the character of scrooge in the early
pages of a Christmas Carol?
Charles Dickens, is best known for his host of distinctively cruel,
His father was sent to a Debtors prison taken his son Charles with him
maybe this is where some of the ideas for characters came from. After
a few years, Dickens left the prison to work in a blacking factory.
Dickens started writing in prosperous Victorian England, where only
the rich were cared for. He grew up seeing what the poor people had
to experience and how they had to live in this world.
The technique the writer uses is of a physical appearance. Describing
Scrooge he gives the readers an idea of what he looks like, with no
visual images. The facial description that Dickens used makes Scrooge
out to look like a bad and mean man, he describes him as an old
“The cold inside him has nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his
cheek, stiffed his gait, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue: and
spoke in a shrewdly grating voice.”
Dickens has shown that greed has ruined Scrooge’s looks and life. The
description suggests someone evil and sinister.
The author tells us directly what Scrooge is,
“ A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge! A squeezing,
wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner.”
This is a very good description by Dickens showing us how horrible
Scrooge is, Dickens doesn’t stop after a few lines he continues until
the reader clearly gets the point.
To express Scrooge’s meanness Dickens uses harsh words saying that
“Scrooge liked to edge his way along the crowded paths of life,
warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.”
This shows that the human race didn’t like Scrooge.
The author describes Scrooge by putting plenty of feelings into the
lines. Dickens describes Scrooge with feeling in the line,
“Oh! But he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone.”
This suggests that Scrooge makes people work very hard and doesn’t
give them a lot in return.
Another way Dickens uses to dramatise Scrooge’s unpleasantness is by