Christmas Carol Theme

Other themes include Family, Compassion and forgiveness  

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  • Created on: 20-04-16 16:47
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  • Christmas Carol Themes
    • Christmas
      • The novella has an unusual layout, using fivestaves rather than chapters.
        • Five staves reflect the structure of a carol; link the story to the joy of singing
    • Redemption/Transformation
      • "Christmas a humbug, uncle!" said Scrooge's nephew. "You don't mean that, I am sure?"
        • We see him rejecting all  compassion and celebration that is linked with Christmas
    • Social Injustice
      • "The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?" said Scrooge.
        • Scrooge's refusal represents the selfishness of the richer elements of Victorian society.
          • Dickens highlights the injustice of wealth distribution
            • The children that hide under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present are 'pinched' and 'twisted' rather than being happy and joyous as we would like children to be. The Ghost tells Scrooge that the children are the responsibility of all mankind.d
      • a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds.
        • The children that hide under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present are 'pinched' and 'twisted' rather than being happy and joyous as we would like children to be. The Ghost tells Scrooge that the children are the responsibility of all mankind.d
      • "Every person has a right to take care of themselves. He always did."
        • As the thieves sort through Scrooge's possessions they comment on how miserly he had been in life. This makes him, and the reader, appreciate the failings of only thinking of oneself.
          • Dickens highlights the injustice of wealth distribution
      • Memory and Past
        • Bless his heart; it's Fezziwig alive again
          • Scrooge remembering his past self when he was a emotional man
        • And then let any man explain to me, if he can, how it happened that Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change—not a knocker, but Marley's face.
          • The supernatural is believable only when other explanations—like memory tricks or the imagination—have run plumb out.
        • These were the shadows of things that have been
          • Have been suggests that he can change the future but not his memory

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    Bushra Patel

    Thanks for this, pretty good to revise from :)

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