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Fiona Burns

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Burns.ChristmasCarol

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Setting Effect on Scrooge Scrooge's Death The Graveyard Scrooge's Deathbed The Cratchit House The Pawn Shop The Ghost's Appearance The Ghost's Demeanor The Ghost's Actions Characteristics The Ghost of Christmas Past's most noticeable action is his hand gesture. He holds his hand out ahead of him, with one finger pointing perpetually towards Scrooge's tombstone or corpse. The Ghost of Christmas yet to come seems to be a sinister being. Its presence makes even Scrooge feel threatened. The Ghost does show subtle pity for Scrooge at the end of the chapter. When Scrooge begs for a second chance, the Ghost's hand wavers away from his fate, suggesting that he has a second chance The Ghost shows Scrooge a group of people at a pawn shop, having items appraised. These items were taken from the man who's death is largely the topic of this chapter. Scrooge is appalled that these people would have so little respect for someone as to rob their deathbed. The Ghost shows Scrooge a dead man. At the time, Scrooge does not know the identity of the man, but wishes to reveal it. The man's body is left completely alone, without even a single mourner. Scrooge later discovers that this man is himself. Last time Scrooge visited the Cratchit house he asked the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim, Cratchit's son, would live. The Ghost of Christmas Present said that if "these shadows remain unchanged, the child will die." Scrooge returns to the Cratchit household with the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come and finds the Ghost of Christmas Present's statement to be confirmed. Bob Cratchit mentions Scrooge's nephew, Fred, and that he offered his condolences for the loss of Tiny Tim. The final place Scrooge visits with the Ghost is a graveyard. Here, after reading the tombstone with his name on it, Scrooge realizes he is the deceased man everyone has been mentioning. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the only spirit that Scrooge shows respect to. Scrooge's fear of the Ghost causes him to pay more heed to the Ghost's message. By showing Scrooge what would happen after his own death, the Ghost takes advantage of Scrooge's selfish nature. The Ghost uses this as a "safety net" in case Scrooge remains unaffected by the death of Tiny Tim. The Ghost of Christmas Present had already informed Scrooge that if he did not change his ways, Tiny Tim would die. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reinforced this by showing Scrooge the fallout of Tiny Tim's death. Perhaps he hoped that having Scrooge witness the Cratchit family's suffering would make the idea more "real" to Scrooge and give him more drive to change. The Ghost of Christmas yet to come seems to be a figure shrouded in a dark cloak. It carries with it both certainty in its actions and uncertainty in its appearance. It has one exposed feature: its hand. By Fiona Burns The Ghost Itself Tiny Tim's Death
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