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A Christmas Carol

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Transcript of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
By: Charles Dickens
Theme One:
Christmas Spirit should be kept all year long.
Theme Two:
A second take on the book.
Theme One:
A view on the movie.
Though the book is very similar to the movie in both structure and production, there were some minor changes that cause our focus to go to different themes or different parts of a bigger theme. This changes our perspective on situations and how we view the book.
A take on the book.
You can change the course you are on by your will.
Everyone deserves to be happy.
Happiness is not dependent on material wealth.
Characterization
In the movie.
Characterization
In the novella.
Theme Two:
A second glace at the movie.
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Quote One:
“If you please…Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you. Will you do me that favour” (Dickens 66).
Quote Two:
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone” (Dickens 62).
Quote One:
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone” (Dickens 62).
Quote Two:
“Let him in! It is a mercy he didn’t shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier” (Dickens 67).
Reference One:
Scrooge calls to a boy and asks him to go and buy the big turkey to be taken to the Crachits house.
Reference Two:
Reference One:
The Ghosts of Christmas Present, Past, and Future come and reveal lessons to Scrooge.
Reference Two:
Scrooge constantly repeats that he doesn’t deserve to be happy when questioned about certain events.
Throughout all the ghosts show him, scrooge learns many things. He realizes many life altering things. He now understands that everyone does deserve to be happy. He also sees people who are less fortunate than him yet still happy. This shows that items don’t make happiness.
Saying this makes us think that he isn’t all bad. He seems to think that he doesn’t deserve the good in life and that may be why he is how he is. But, this shows all have good so all deserve to be happy.
We see a different side of scrooge. This is a more venerable side to him and shows his dynamic qualities.

His old love is more poor then Scrooge is yet she is happy and finds happiness where she is.
His old love was working in a poorer place but she was just as happy as everyone else. It doesn’t matter what you have or where you live/ work. All that matters is how you approach the subject and change it so you can be happy with what you have and not need to have material items to fake true happiness.
From the movie to the book, this message is relayed. Though more prominent in the book this message is very important. To truly be happy, create your own life, or have a meaningful life, you have to have Christmas Spirit.
Though slightly emphasized in the movie, it is brought to attention more in the book. Changing the course you are on in your life could impact much more than you think. One decision could impact you happiness, the meaning behind your life, and the way you go about life with or with out the "Christmas Spirit."
This life lesson is something we all should realize and is put into better prospective in the movie then in the book. This helps to show that we can change our lives, we can be happy, and we can do it with "Christmas Spirit" by our side.
Through thick and thin, the book and movie show this lesson. We understand this in the book but the movie adds scenes to really bring out the meaning behind the words. It shows us a more vivid example and gets the message to us clearly.
Characterization helps to develop both themes in the book.
"They were not a handsome family; They were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being waterproof; their clothes were scanty; and Peter might have known, and very likely did, the inside of a pawn broker's. But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time;" (Dickens 41-42).
Though these people may not be suited the best for life, they enjoy what they have and carry the typical Christmas Spirit with them. We see more people and watch the development of Scrooge who grows toward this behavior until the very end where he "became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew..." (Dickens 68).
Example:
The book shows many people through out the book that are cheerful and have "Christmas Spirit." They characterize these people and their lives through many ways.
It also shows that you can change by characterization. When we see Scrooge changing, it shows that he is changing his future by it. In the end when he is full changed, we see his "new" and developed character show this second theme.
Example:
"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father" (Dickens 68).
Scrooge is now characterized as an amazing character. He has switch around his perspective on the Christmas holiday and changed his future. As we go through the book, Dickens characterizes Scrooge's changes which build to this theme.
Since it is a movie, characterization happens in a different manner.
For the first theme, it shows the poorer people of the world. It shows them struggling and how their lives are lived. Though they may not have the most expensize things in life, they are still happy.
Reference:
Tiny Tim's family isn't rich. In fact, they are quit the opposite. They are struggleing with many troubles, including Tiny Tim's life in general. Though this may be true, they are still as happy as a family as any other, if they are not happier.
The scene in which we travel to the Cratchit's home and we see their lifestyle and home situation.
All deserve to be happy is also portrayed through the characterization in this movie. We see the development of Scrooge along with the different people we meet through this journey. We find that all should be able to be happy no matter waht their life is like.
Reference:
The scene in which we see the poorer people who are always cheery during the time we see them. All of the people we see are happy.
No one, with the exception of Scrooge, seem to be upset. Everyone is joyful and cheery no matter what their situation is. Whether they are business men or the poorest of the poor, all are happy. No one deserves to be happy and we see that as the Ghosts take Scrooge on this journey through time. In all past, present, and future, no one deserved to be sad.
Scrooge is now donating money to charity. This shows us that Scrooge sees that money isn't well spent on possessions but on things that matter such as people or family. This shows Christmas Spirit in which you give to others and love all who are with you and are close to you. Scrooge becomes a dynamic character and we see him change and, by the end, we see that he has adopted the Christmas Spirit for the rest of his life.
With this, Scrooge states that he will continue to honor Christmas and all that it stands for. He promises to remember all that he was taught and to keep it with him for the rest of his life. This shows us that if a man, who is not fully changed yet, can see the point in keeping this spirit, all should. We all could benifit from keeping it in our hearts.
Scrooge is saying that he will change. His characterization is through voice here as he says what he will do. He changes his view on the world and begins to understand that he is the only one that can help him. No one else can change his course except for himself.
Since Scrooge has changed his actions, his family is now treating him different. We saw that his family made fun of him and was mean. Now, his family welcomes him and brings him in. He changed his choice. Instead of not going to his family dinner, he deciced to and it change his image in his families minds. Now, his future will be brighter with his family in it.
Scrooge now knows that money is just an object that takes the place of the important things. This is developed over the course of the book and we see his character develop on this point.
Together
As separate pieces of information, this two themes just seem like two completely different ideas. But, when you look at them together, you get a bigger impact of the story.
Looking at both of these, they are connected. Christmas Spirit is how you change your life. In order to make major changes that will affect your life in a positive way, you have to have the "Christmas Spirit" it gives us in the book. This spirit will help you through your life and help you to create the life that you want.
Together
As a two set piece of information, these two play off of each other. While one says we all deserve happiness, the other says that happiness doesn't come from material items.
Both of these are true and show meaning throughout the text. We all do deserve to be happy but we should know that our happiness isn't genuine if it is based off of material items. These two go hand in hand even though they mean something different from each other.
Alterations of Theme:
Due to the view of characterization, the themes are changed. Here we get a generaly message. It doesn't go very deep but still teaches something to us. It is expressed through action and acting given to us by the actors. This message isn't then as personal as it should be, giving us the different themes.
Alterations of Theme:
The immense detail in this story helps to develop a more intense theme. The themes here reach out to you through your heart and makes an impression on you. It reaches deeper than the themes in the movie and help to create a bond with in the characterssince they are the ones being characterized in order for us to understand the message the book was meant to give.
Analyzing the Author's Choices
In this Novella, the author uses many different tools to relate his message. He uses many things from symbolism to characterization.
Dickens is able to connect pieces of information with transitions that seem like part of the story. Many themes are present due to this since we each take it in our own way. Instead of telling us of what is happening, Dickens shows us and expects us to pick up on what he didn't mention in full Instead he uses his story to weave in the different themes and people that may seem important later on in the book.
The movie did do a good job at getting details and supporting itself. But, as time goes one, we see the changes in theme and meaning of the book. We start to open our minds to the possibility and it all comes to us. We think of new ways and we have more options to go by.
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