ACC - Childhood

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  • ACC -Childhood
    • context: victorian england - kids worked in mines, chimneys, factories (Dickens childhood - uses in acc)
      • Idealised view of childhood as a time of innocence & purity
      • (Dickens shows) Scrooge - unhappy childhood but knew love from Fran
        • Experienced sad/lonely and happy times (contrasts)
          • being lonely, vulnerable & surrounded by loved ones encourage Scrooge change & sympathy for others
            • Importance - saves Tiny Tim. Symbolically about society
    • Scrooge childhood
      • Response: EMOTIONAL, physical - lips trembled, ghost suggests crying
        • "Your lip is trembling [...] and what is that upon your cheek?"
        • 'A lonely boy was reading near a feeble fire' 'Scrooge [...] wept to see his poor forgotten self as he used to be'
          • 'Feeble fire' - alliteration. link (reflects): pathetic fallacy in stave 1 describing scrooge coldness. Being left affected emotions
            • Theme: isolation - why Scrooge = grumpy
        • "A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there (school) still,"
          • Scrooge = similar to miserable & lonely childhood ('solitary') but now he chooses to be alone
        • foreshadowing he does have ability to change (emotion link to past)
      • 'Scrooge said he knew it, and he sobbed'
        • emotional juxtaposes stave 1 scrooge (start of chnage)
        • Sobbed - connecting to childhood, causes pain
      • Past ghost described as child + old man. Symbolasis reconnecting of feelings
        • 'It was a strange figure -- like a child: yet [...] like an old man'
      • 'In pity for his former self, "Poor boy!" and cried again'
        • Scrooge filled mind with fictional characters from books he read when left alone at xmas - to forget loneliness. character's became real to him
          • Book was about a boy (Robinson) stranded on island. Scrooge felt stranded with no companions
      • Fran
        • Fred = last childhood link. Childhood was miserable but last trace of love (Fran)
          • "she had a large heart! [...] and died a woman' 'and had,as I think, children [...] Your nephew!" 'Scrooge seemed uneasy [...] and answered briefly "Yes"
            • 'large heart' confirms love & affection is character
            • Juxtaposition of lonely times & loving.
            • 'uneasy' - reconnecting
        • Sybalsis best of youth (innocence & goodness)
        • Contrastes cold, dark, lonely aspects of Scrooge's childhood + presents scrooge with love & affection
        • Shows Scrooge's experienced both neglect & goodness
        • 'She clapped her hands and laughed'
          • Joyous moment. Shows love, affection, warmth. Happy to be around Scrooge
          • [...] 'stood on tiptoe to embrace him'
      • Signify youth & innocence before industrialization
    • Belle's children
      • 'They were in [...] a room, not very large or handsome, but full of comfort'
        • Weren't rich. rich with love
      • 'winter fire'
        • juxtaposition acts as contrasts (winter = scrooge. fire = metaphorical warmth - love)
      • 'The noise in this room was perfectly tumultuous'
        • Perfect idealized family - able to show affection towards each other
      • 'Mother and daughter laughed heartily'
      • 'kicked his legs in irrepressible affection'
        • Kids = affection Scrooge is lacking
      • 'The shouts of wonder and delight'
      • Scrooge looks with envy at the siblings playing
        • Life Scrooge missed out on with Belle
      • Liveness contrasts Scrooge's house
    • Tiny Tim
      • Cratchits surrounded by love
      • Through suffering, points out lack of values of adults + ignorance of rich
        • Symbol of suffering
          • Shows courage through suffering
          • powerless to improve situation - acts as lesson/warning to society & Scrooge
            • Dickens criticize victorian economy, society, morals
              • Tim saved because Scrooge changes - message to mankind about society responsibility
      • Symbol of jesus, asks god to 'bless us everyone'
      • 'he hoped people saw him in the church because he was a cripple' [...] it might be pleasant to them to remember [...] who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see'
      • Foil to Scrooge
    • Ignorance & want
      • 'two children; [...] frightful, hideos, miserable'
        • children of mankind - result of society + mankind responsible for them (criticism of society)
          • 'wolfish'
            • Humanity acting animal-like
              • sufferers are innocent children
      • 'monsters half so horrible'
        • suggested created due to treatment to poor
          • 'where devils might have sat enthroned, devil's lurked'
            • Devils = evil. result of man's evil
              • Represent evil's of mankind + danger of poverty
              • Dickens warns the more weary of ignorance (root of problem)
                • Examplied: Scrooge refuse charity + wants poor dead
                  • (Dickens thought) If poor not educated, can't escape poverty
                    • Children must be educated to improves society

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