Explore the ways in which Charles Dickens presents Scrooges transformation from miser to merrymaker in “A Christmas Carol”, with specific reference to 3 incidents. Ricardo Ferreira “A Christmas Carol” was first released in 1843 and was an instant hit. It went through 7 reprints in 6 months showing how popular the novel was. The author, Charles Dickens is one of the most popular writers, whose large number of novels combined a range of extraordinary qualities. Dickens was the most famous author of his era, and his fame grew as he wrote more novels.
Although he had not experienced poverty, he did experience hardship during his childhood and his experiences are reflected in the book. His first job was a journalist for a newspaper and became an editor of a newspaper where he released his first stories under the name of Boz. His first stories were short stories and were in installments. Dickens was very philanthropic and used the newspaper to try and make the public aware of social reform. “A Christmas Carol” was released as one book, which Dickens called a “ghost of an idea.
” Dickens wrote to entertain but in this novel he also introduced his ideas which were to show compassion for your fellow man. Dickens used Christmas as a metaphor for his idea because Christmas is a time for giving and showing generosity. Readers can also understand and warm to the spirit of Christmas, which Scrooge (main character) doesn’t. The book is split up into 5 Staves. All of which are in chronological order. They are named directly to what happens in them; for example “The ghost of Christmas present” involves the ghost of Christmas present.
The first stave introduces the reader to Scrooge and immediately makes you dislike him. Here it can be seen Dickens using sentences of adjectives to describe Scrooge so that the reader can get a finer picture and persuade the reader to dislike Scrooge. Stave 1 introduces Bob Cratchit and the relationship between the clerk and Scrooge. Scrooge’s Nephew is also introduced and shows the relationship Scrooge has with his family. Marley comes to Scrooge and the story starts developing from that point. The second, third and fourth staves are where each ghost comes to visit Scrooge and also where Scrooge does his most learning.
The fifth stave is simply called “The end of it” and is shows the result of Scrooges transformation from miser to merrymaker. There are many events in the book but I have chosen 3 incidents which I think Scrooge has learned from the most. In the second stave where the first ghost comes to visits Scrooge, the ghost takes Scrooge to a time where his fianci?? e is leaving him and makes him live that suffering event again. Dickens’ style guides us through the plot as if we are there, closely spectating the events of the story.
He says that the fair young girl was in a “mourning dress” which sets the melancholy mood. Dickens uses language here very wisely. Belle says that “Another idol has displaced me” and she is referring to the greed and the want of money. Then Scrooge asks, “what idol has displaced you? ” Belle answers “A golden one” which Dickens uses as a metaphor for money. Belle says, “until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you. ” Dickens refers to the greed as a “Master passion” saying it is the most important thing in his life. He also uses a capital letter on “gain” to show the importance Scrooge has on it.