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A Christmas Carol
Transcript of A Christmas Carol
Presentation by: Daniel, Sarra, Ashley A Christmas Carol About the Author Charles was born in 1812 to John and Elizabeth Dickens
of Britain. In 1824 his parents and siblings were imprisoned for his father`s debt. Charles was sent to work at Warren`s Blacking Factory - a shoe factory. After the finances had been settled, Charles worked at the factory, then attended school for only two years
before getting a
job as an office
boy with an attorney. Despite his lack of knowledge, Dickens
became a very successful reporter of Parliamentary debates in the House of Commons, and began work as a
reporter for a newspaper. Still a reporter, Charles adopted the soon to be famous nickname, "Boz". As
"Boz" he released his
first few books. After
the booming success, he kept writing and became a full-time novelist. As a successful writer, Charles traveled all around the world doing public readings of his books. After a railway incident in 1865,
Dickens became unhealthy; both
mentally and physically. While still
proceeding with his workings against doctor’s orders, Dickens died of a stroke at the age of 58, and was buried at Westminster Abbey. About the Time Period The Victorian era: the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901.
A period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain.
Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Summary Stave One: Marley's Ghost Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit are at work in counting firm on Christmas Eve.
Scrooge's nephew comes in, inviting him to Christmas dinner. Scrooge declines.
Gentlemen from the charities come in asking for donations, Scrooge declines.
Bob asks Scrooge for Christmas Day off of work, Scrooge allows it. When Scrooge arrives home, the ghost of Jacob Marley - Scrooge's former business partner appears.
Marley warns Scrooge his sins will cause him to walk the earth in chains for eternity.
Scrooge will be visited by three more ghosts, in order to save him from the same horrifying fate. Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits Childlike ghost of Christmas Past appears
Shows Scrooge the school he attended as a boy; passing the holidays alone. Until he is brought home by his sister.
A Christmas party held by Fezziwig, and his fiance breaking off the engagement The Ghost of Christmas Present take Scrooge to Bob Cratchit's house. Scrooge learns Cratchit's son Tiny Tim will not live another year; for the poor family can't afford treatments needed. Scrooge is then taken to his Nephew's house. Partakes in games and fun despite the fact he cannot be seen. At the end of the night, the ghost shows Scrooge a pair of starving children who travel with him beneath his robes. Scrooge asks if anything can be done to help them. Mockingly, the ghost quotes Scrooge's earlier retort, "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses ?" Stave Four: The Last of the Spirits The last spirit shows Scrooge people talking about a death. He soon finds out it is his death. Stave Five: The End of it Scrooge is so grateful at his second chance of life, he starts his "new life" with Christmas cheer and happiness. Language Stave Three: The Second of the Three Spirits Charles Dickens uses a lot of symbolism and personification. His writing has a nice flow, and is easy to follow. Symbolism:
Scrooge: greed, selfishness, a lack of goodwill
towards society; opposite of Christmas!
Ghost of Christmas Past: glowing head represents the mind/memory
Ghost of Christmas Present: generosity, empathy
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: fear of death Personification “[Tiny Tim was] As good
as gold.” (p. 67) "He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o'clock." (p. 222) "...Marley was as dead as a door-nail." (p. 8) Literary Comparison Essay Thesis: Emotional wealth and happiness are more important than material wealth. Creative Project A movie trailer for Mickey's A Christmas Carol. Point 1: Ghost of Christmas Past tells Scrooge that Mr. Fezziwig has done nothing special by throwing a party, only spent a little money he can easily afford. Scrooge replies that it is impossible to add up things like words and looks, but "the happiness" Mr. Fezziwig gives "is quite as great as if it cost a fortune". Point 2: Victor's material wealth is the monster. He wants the gratification of having created life that he forgets about emotional wealth; family, friends, ect.. Point 3: Scrooge contrasts his life with his ex fiance and her husband's. While they have a happy Christmas together, he is working alone. They are not wealthy as he is but not poor financially. In other ways they are far richer than he. Scrooge thinks of how good it would be to have a daughter like Belle's to look up to him. Point 4: The creature has already figured this out, for he doesn't ask for any of his father's riches, but a girlfriend.