the ghost of christmas present

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  • The ghost of Christmas present
    • How the ghost helped with the redemption of Scrooge
      • 'he hoped the people saw him in church... and remember upon Christmas day, whom made lame beggars  walk and blind men see'
        • verb- hoped
          • implies that he is rejoicing in the excitement of Christmas spirit
            • shows the hope others also have for him
        • semantic field of religious imagery
          • shows the faith Tiny Tim has in God and others
            • This links to the motif in the novella of time- religion could be tiny Tim's last hope. This creates this chaotic feeling of the story
        • verb- remember
          • this shows that he has hope for the future
            • subtle way of telling the reader to do the same thing
        • religious imagery
          • shows the similarities of Tiny Tim and Jesus- shows the reader the importance of the poor and that they have just as big of an importance as the upper class
          • this also heightens how much Tiny Tim values what he has
            • this could make Scrooge and the reader question the importance of material wealth
      • 'his offences carry their own punishments'
        • noun- "punishment"
          • Fred believes that Scrooge has broken the rules of the church by acting the way he has
            • shows Scrooge that he is judged by the way he acts even by his family members
          • this shows the lack of sympathy that Fred has for Scrooge
        • verb- 'carry'
          • links to Marley having to carry the chains 'i wear the chains i forged in life'
            • suggests that Scrooge is going to have the same fate that Marley suffered
    • the ghost is presented as a kind, happy spirit
      • 'A green robe'
        • symbolism
          • could symbolise Christmas as this a typical festive colour
          • it could represent nature and the pureness of Christmas
      • scrooges room has a 'surprising transformation' and is filled with food and holy
        • These are all typical Christmas objects, which could be portraying the happiness of Christmas spirit and the warmth and kindness that comes with Christmas.
        • 'holy'
        • list
          • used to exaggerate the amount of food that there is to go around
            • links to Thomas Malfus
    • shows Scrooge Ignorance and Want
      • the ghost shows Scrooge two “ragged, scowling, wolfish,” children which symbolise Ignorance and Want.
        • Ignorance shows Scrooge's ignorance towards the poor and to others around him and the ghost warns him that if he doesn't change, he will end up like Marley. It also shows how the rich ignore the suffering of the poor like Scrooge at the beginning of the novel.
          • The child of Want shows Scrooge's greed of money throughout the novel however it could also represent the want of the poor society, as they are in need of a better life, food, and education and they want to live.
        • personification
          • they are children to make the reader think about what society is becoming and also that it could be society's fault that they are here.
        • context
          • Dickens created these characters of Ignorance and Want to show the readers what Victorian Society was like and that they shouldn't ignore it but help to improve the lives of others.
            • The streets were dirty and filled with disease and death and children as young as five were sent to the workhouses, where they often worked long hours in dangerous jobs for a very little wage.
            • Houses were overcrowded with large numbers of families living in one house and there were many deaths caused by starvation and disease.

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