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The Presentation Of The Three Spirits And Marley's Ghost In A Christmas Carol

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The Presentation of the Three Spirits and Marley's Ghost in A Christmas Carol

In a Christmas carol by Charles Dickens, the four ghosts are all
described differently. They all help to change scrooge into a nicer
person. The ghosts all act disparately and look disparately. Scrooge
has a different effect on each one of the ghosts, two of the ghosts he
likes and one of the ghosts he dislikes. Scrooge is also treated
dissimilar, some ghosts care for him, and others are forceful.

The ghost of Marley appears first, he is described as 'In his pigtail,
usual waistcoat, tights and boots; the tassels on the latter
bristling, like his pigtail, and his coat-skirts, and the hair upon
his head.' Marley also had a chain around his middle, which was long
and wound about him like a tail. The chain was made of cash boxes,
keys, padlocks, ledgers, deed and heavy purses wrought in steel.
Marleys body was transparent, so Scrooge could see the 2 buttons on
his coat behind. He also had a handkerchief wrapped around his head
and chin which held his jaw up.

The ghost of Christmas past turns up next. He is described as 'a
strange figure-like a child; yet not so like a child as like an old
man, viewed through some supernatural medium. Which gave him the
appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a
Childs proportions.' The ghost's hair hung about its neck and down its
back. His hair was white, as if with age; but his face wasn't old, and
didn't have any wrinkles in it. He had long and muscular arms, like
his hands. Its legs and feet were delicately formed. The ghost wore a
white tunic, and round its waist was a lustrous belt. 'It held a
branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and in singular contradiction
of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers.' The
strangest thing about the ghost was that from the crown of its head
sprang a clear jet of light, which by all was visible to see ' and was
doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great
extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm.'

The next ghost was the ghost of Christmas present, he was clothed in
one simple deep green robe, which was bordered with white fur. 'This
garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was
bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice.' His
feet was also bare, and on its head it wore no other covering than a
holly wreath with shining icicles. 'Its dark brown curls were long and
free; free as its genial face, its sparkling eye. Its open hand, its
cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanour, and its joyful air.' Around
the ghosts middle was an antique scabbard; but there wasn't a sword in
it, and the ancient sheath was eaten up with rust.

The last of the ghosts to meet Scrooge was the ghost of Christmas yet

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