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Free Essays - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol Born in 1812 Charles Dickens grew up in a small town in London. Dickens grew up in a poor family. His family, sent to debtors∙ jail before he became old enough to fend for himself, convinced him to find work and stay out of the jail. Dickens worked anywhere, from law offices to newspapers as a young child. (∜New Standard Encyclopedia∝ D-155) A Christmas Carol, written by Dickens, has changed many things in the world today, especially Christmas traditions and religion....   [tags: Christmas] 771 words
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Christmas Song - ... After he is shown what will happen to him if he doesn’t change his ways, Scrooge wakes up the next day a changed man on one of the brightest of Christmas mornings. The brightness is not accidental; throughout the novel there has been a certain pattern involving light. It is clear that the amount of light in any given scene of A Christmas Carol reflects how much love and generosity of spirit are present among people: the greater the “good cheer” the brighter the scene, the more greed, self-centeredness, or hostility, the more absolute the darkness....   [tags: Analysis, Christmas Carol] 1489 words
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Poems and Christmas - Poems and Christmas The first poem I am writing about is "Journey of the Magi" by T.S. Eliot. T.S. Eliot went into great depth in philosophy. He experienced religious callings and this has made his poems more unique and hard to understand. You have to explore the poem as he did with his life. The title of this poem-"Journey of the Magi" gives a big clue about what the poem might be about. The magi were the three kings who travelled to see the baby Jesus by following the bright star. The word "magi" makes the reader think of the nativity story and the travelling of the kings to see the New born king and also the religion he brought into the world....   [tags: Christmas Holidays Poetry Essays] 5362 words
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Christmas with Nutmeg - Christmas with Nutmeg Our memories of Christmas time at 17142 Eastview Dr. were perfect. The Christmas tree was covered with hundreds of twinkle lights and unique ornaments. The tree was flanked by a gorgeous brick fireplace that seemed to always have a fire burning inside of it, and whose mantle was decorated with my family's collection of miniature nutcrackers. The final touch to this setting was our dog, sitting in her favorite spot, that was directly to the right of the fireplace, beneath the chair that you would always find my father in while reading my sister and me Christmas stories....   [tags: Descriptive Essay, Descriptive Writing, Christmas,] 425 words
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A Christmas Story - A Christmas Story “You’ll shoot your eye out kid, merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.” is probably one of the most popular lines of the 1983 Christmas classic, A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd. According to The State Newspaper web site, “A Christmas Story is a low budget movie about a sort of dysfunctional family.” (Bryant) It is a dysfunctional tale about a nine year old boy named Ralphie growing up in 1940’s Indiana dreaming of the perfect Christmas gift, a Red Rider 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle....   [tags: Movie Film Movies Christmas Story Essays] 720 words
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Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol An audience member's gleeful first-hand account of Charles Dickens's public reading of "A Christmas Carol" unwittingly exposes an often overlooked contradiction in the story's climax: "Finally, there is Scrooge, no longer a miser, but a human being, screaming at the 'conversational' boy in Sunday clothes, to buy him the prize turkey 'that never could have stood upon his legs, that bird'" (96). Perhaps he is no longer a miser but, by this description, Scrooge still plays the role of a capitalist oppressor, commanding underlings to fetch him luxuries....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays]
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Joe Christmas by William Faulkner - Studies have shown that people who have been physically or mentally abused as a child are more likely to have an abusive personality as an adult. The cognitive mind is influenced the most as a child for a mind that has not matured yet is susceptible to take in anything that is thrown at it. William Faulkner shows that the events of one’s youth have many effects on behavior as an adult, through the protagonist, Joe Christmas, in his novel Light in August. Joe Christmas did not have the perfect childhood....   [tags: Faulkner Joe Christmas] 1040 words
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Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago - Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago “When Santa Clause arrives in Trinidad and Tobago, it is to the rhythm of Parang. The climate is warm and the flowers are in bloom, which makes for a colorful season.” This quote from writer Bill Egan wonderfully describes Christmas on my twin island home of Trinidad and Tobago where the holiday is celebrated in a most unique way with many ingrained traditions. By mid-November, the stores of the capital city, Port-of-Spain, are flooded with early Christmas shoppers....   [tags: Personal Narrative Christmas Essays] 801 words
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Christmas - Christmas Christmastime was always a magical time of year for me. The beautifully decorated shopping malls, with toys everywhere you looked, always fascinated me. And the houses, with the way their lights would glow upon the glistening snow at night, always seemed to calm me. But decorating the Christmas tree and falling asleep underneath the warm glow of the lights, in awe that Santa Claus would soon be there, was the best part of it all. As a child, these things enchanted me. Sure, the presents were great, but the excitement and mystery of Christmas; I loved most of all....   [tags: essays papers] 487 words
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No Christmas - When Christmas Couldn’t Come We lived in the farmhouse until my dad lost his job in 1994. No longer able to afford a mortgage, let alone utilities in the old, drafty house we moved into a smaller house two doors down. My mom called the new house “cozy” – making the best of a situation I couldn’t begin to understand; words like “WIC”, “welfare” and “debt” meant nothing to me at the time. I missed the barn that longed to be explored, the hill where at eight, I saw my first snowfall and of course, my room....   [tags: essays research papers] 415 words
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Scrooge's Transformation in Dickens' A Christmas Carol - In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end in the 5th Stave. The title to the novella 'A Christmas Carol' this suggests that the story will be a joyful Christian message. 'Christmas' is a time for celebration and togetherness. It is the time for forgiveness, kindness and charity. 'Carol' is a chant which a group of people sing Christmas and Christian songs, so this is meant to be a time where people have fun and are united with family and friends....   [tags: a christmas carol] 2180 words
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Christmas - A few days before Christmas, Oxford street is swarming with last minute shoppers, laden with parcels and bags. Christmas is the highlight for many people, especially little childen, from as tall as your ankle to as tall as your knee. Small todlers were moaning and disappearing into the clothes racks like magicians disappearing in a puff of smoke entertaining the gullible audiences. Families and friends gradually emerge from clogged buses and congested trains, tired, exhausted and hungry even at this very early stage, as if they had spent the whole night awake, like a distressed parent waiting for their child to arrive home from a party but has still not arrived, two hours past their curfew....   [tags: Narrative Essays, Descriptive Writing] 986 words
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Scrooge's Transformation in Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Ebenezer Scrooge is the major character in the story, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is about how a “cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish” money grabbing man is offered an opportunity of a life time, to change his behaviour, attitude... to have a second chance in life. The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end." In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end in the 5th Stave....   [tags: A Christmas Carol] 1323 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote his novels during the Victorian times. Britain was a harsh place at this time with the upper and lower classes being clearly separated. Dickens himself grew up as part of the lower classes, and so he knew what it was like. It was very hard for the poor to survive, many of them having no alternative but to go into the workhouses. This seemed to be the worst place to end up, as many people would rather have died than gone into the workhouses....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1568 words
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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens In this essay I intend to write about Ebenezer Scrooge who is the key character of the astonishing novel written by Charles Dickens one of greatest English novelist of he Victorian period. He wrote and published ‘a Christmas carol’ in 1843. Charles Dickens’s also well know stories such as ‘Oliver twist’. Dickens was born on the 2nd February 1812 in London port Hampshire. He moved from his birth place to Chatham where he received little education, he was however withdrawn from school at the age of 15 and work manually in a factory, then worked as a clerk in a solicitors office....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1883 words
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812 and died in 1870. He was not poor when his parents were not poor when he was born but his dad went bankrupt when he was twelve years old and they were all sent to debtor’s prison. Charles Dickens was then sent to work in a blacking factory and earned six shillings a week, he did that until his aunt died and they used the money that was left for them to repay all their debts. When they moved to London he decided to become a writer and decided to write about the poor, to raise the awareness of the rich Victorians who did not care about the injustices of their society....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Essays] 1146 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, in 1812 and died in 1870. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and family life was occasionally hard, especially when his father had to go to the debtor's prison. The young twelve year old Charles became the main money-maker in the family at this time and worked in a blocking factory. Charles' father was released a year later and Charles was able to go to school. After school he became a clerk for solicitors, later becoming a journalist, a reporter at Doctors' Commons and at 22 joined a London newspaper....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3546 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens In the book ‘ A Christmas Carol’, Dickens describes the poor, how they were treated unfairly and how they were thought as animals rather than human beings. Dickens portrays the rich as ignorant and selfish people that think they are bigger than the world itself. Charles Dickens new a lot about poverty, as his parents were not earning enough money to pay of debts, which meant that Dickens himself had to leave school at the age of 12 to work in a factory. He had a terrible experience; he had felt what it was like to be poor, to have no hope for the future and worked long hours in a dirty factory....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2157 words
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol The editor of one edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ wrote “A story so admirably told, the details of place, of time, of person so dexterously made real for us” How does Dickens achieve this. How does he ‘A Christmas Carol’ a story which “No one could help but enjoy” In this essay I am going to be writing about the different techniques in which Dickens uses, and by using these bring people, place and time to life. Dickens cleaver use of techniques throughout this book really makes us feel as if we are actually there are selves....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Essays] 1421 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The interesting thing is the way in which Dickens is writing to make the story more interesting. He is writing about the sightings, describing the light and the circumstances in which the ghost appeared, and than when everyone is expecting the story to discover the truth, Dickens uses final twist with sudden death of the signalman. The story maintains a mystery at the end, and makes the readers think a lot about the details of the text.<<< asking questions for example who is saying this....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1563 words
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol It is hard to believe that there is anyone on the planet that hasn't heard of the story "A Christmas Carol". Although it isn't hard to believe that people do not realize that there are differences between movies and novels. In this case, that fits right into that subject. Here are some of the differences between the movie and the novel. One minor difference in the movie was that the Ghost of Christmas yet to come has a hand of skin. Not a hand without skin that was wrote in the book....   [tags: Dickens Christmas Carol Analysis] 1041 words
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Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution - Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution Besides being the secular story of Christmas time in an urban setting, A Christmas Carol, tells the sacred story of Christmas as well. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens initiated an ongoing creative process in the Anglo-American imagination. As a result of the Industrial Revolution and the growth and development of cities people's lives changed drastically as they moved from the life and traditions of the country into those of the city....   [tags: Dickens A Christmas Carol Essays] 897 words
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The Structure of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" - Charles Dickens’s, a British social reformer which has presented to an audience a brilliant novel: A Christmas Carol. The play is set in the mid 1900’s where the industrial revolution was introduced which resulted in inventions such as machines; people consequently were fleeing the countryside for work in city for good paying jobs, for good achieving business people this gave their business a massive amount of money but a small minority of people were underprivileged because money was distributed unfairly....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol, ] 2225 words
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Fred as a Foil to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - Fred as a Foil to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's selfish, cold, melancholy nature is contrasted with Fred, Scrooge's light-hearted nephew. At the beginning of the novel, Fred and Scrooge are complete opposites, but, as the novel progresses, they become more and more alike. Throughout the novel, Dickens uses Fred to show Scrooge's transformation from a cold, unfeeling man to a man of warmth and compassion. The first time Fred is seen is on page 5 when he greets Scrooge with, "A merry Christmas, Uncle....   [tags: Christmas Carol Essays] 843 words
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Heartless Capitalism Exposed in A Christmas Carol - Heartless Capitalism Exposed in A Christmas Carol      Beginning in England in the late eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution changed the face of the country's economy. Despite becoming a center of wealth and production for the world, the majority of the capital rested firmly in the hands of wealthy capitalists who had little regard for the suffering endured by millions of working-class individuals. In "A Christmas Carol"(1843) by Charles Dickens, this theme of industrial suffering is illustrated through the historical and symbolic characterization of Bob Cratchit and his family, juxtaposed against Scrooge's heartless capitalist ideals....   [tags: Christmas Carol Essays]
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The Amazing Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - Imagine if the cruelest person in the world became the kindest. This happens in A Christmas Carol after Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a remarkable journey through time. Although A Christmas Carol was written in the 17th century, its messages and themes stay alive today. Scrooge started changing his personality and life-style throughout the novella. In A Christmas Carol Scrooge changed from being a money-pinching grouch to a kind-hearted man, he redeemed himself through freewill and life changing memories....   [tags: a christmas carol] 659 words
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Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a novel written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) during the Victorian age, an era that took its name from Queen Victoria, England titular ruler from 1819-1901. Under Queen Victoria’s rule, London reigned the worlds dominate city country and the country’s incomparable center of commerce, culture and government. At this time London’s industrial age contributed to a large share of the manpower and capital that brought the country to a position of world economic dominance....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3675 words
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Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas carol reflecting on the society that he live in the Victoria Era. During the reign of Queen Victoria Britain became one of the most Industrialised countries in European. From Britain Factories, mills, shipyards came products ranging from steam locomotives, to textiles and ship, while coal miners toiled deep below the ground to produce the coal needed to power Britain expanding Industries. During Victorian times there was a serious gap between the rich and poor....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2103 words
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, one of the greatest novelists in the English language, was born in 1812 into a middle-class family of precarious economic status. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office at the time of Dickens's birth; by the time Charles was ten, however, his father was in debtor's prison, a victim of bad luck, mismanagement, and irresponsibility. In order to help support the family during this time of crisis, young Dickens went to work in the packing department of a factory that manufactured blacking--a compound of charcoal, soot, sugar, oil, and fat used to polish boots....   [tags: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Essays] 3865 words
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The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol, a tale that revolves around a man’s fate in the past, the present, and the future. Its story speaks of a man, a man called Ebenezer Scrooge, and the changes in which he goes through. ‘’Oh. But he was tight-fisted man at the grindstone, Scrooge. a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster....   [tags: Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge Essays] 6295 words
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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’, is more than just a mere story instead it tries to expose the negative side of Victorian society and the reason behind this horror, the greed of the wealthy, through the development of the character Scrooge. All this while attempting to prompt readers with Scrooge’s similar wealth to make a change. As mentioned earlier, the development of Scrooge’s character is vital to this and I will explain how his character develops as the story proceeds and how it is used to accomplish the aim as mentioned above....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3109 words
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The Popularity of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - The Popularity of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens I Think that 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens is still popular today because it has a good moral story and people still enjoy a good old fashioned ghost story. This is because a lot of us are still interested in the afterlife and if such things as ghosts even exist we are fascinated by them and a novel with ghosts in, we cannot put it down. The moral story which seems even in modern day society to stick with us and we are still very much obsessed with Christmas and the joy that goes with it....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Ghost Essays]
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The Three Spirits in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - The Three Spirits in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol In Dickens’ Ghost story ‘ A Christmas Carol’ we are shown a story of redemption. Dickens uses description, sarcasm and many other effects to create the sudden changes of atmosphere in the novel. I will look at how Dickens creates such a structured book and what causes it to be so effective. However before I begin to examine Dickens’ methods I will see how each of the mysterious spirits affect Scrooge and how he responds to them. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser if ever there was one - grasping and covetous, rich and penny-pinching....   [tags: English Literature Dickens A Christmas Carol Essa] 2090 words
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19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 'A time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer' this is a good example that represents Scrooges overall attitude to Christmas and those who celebrate it. The central character of a Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge a man portrayed by Dickens as a miser who cares little for others around him, a man whose only interest in life is money that can be made from exploiting other people. The novel is set in Victorian London in the 19th century, a London that is very different to the London we know today; there was no welfare state, National Health Service or environmental laws....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2453 words
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Ebenezer Scrooge's Visit by the Three Spirits in Dickens' Novel A Christmas Carol - Novels that are phenomenal makes the reader travel into a world where anything can happen. However, many authors made the readers travel into the main characters mind or point of view. In Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, a grumpy and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, was visited in his dream by three spirits. It all started in the morning of Christmas Eve when Scrooge came across into some events which made him started thinking and dreaming about his past, present and future with 3 different sprits....   [tags: A Christmas Carol, analysis] 652 words
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The Definition of Christmas - The sole definition of Christmas at one time was, an annual church festival in memory of the birth of Christ. Now when the word Christmas is mentioned people think about lights, trees, presents, food, friends and family, along with the birth of Christ. Some view these added meanings as a good change and some view them as a bad change. In today&#8217;s world Christmas is not defined only as celebrating the birth of Christ but also the celebration of giving, and the celebration of family and friends....   [tags: essays research papers] 535 words
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The Commercialization of Christmas - The Commercialization of Christmas In my opinion I think Christmas is fine the way it is, although Christmas is the festival in which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The word `Christmas' means the `Mass of Christ' and refers to the Mass which is celebrated on Christmas Day which the majority of people forget. Many in today's society consider that Christmas has become too commercialised and that the real meaning of Christmas has been lost. In our nation, 1/3rd of all shopping and over 2/3rds of all electrical goods are bought in the period before Christmas....   [tags: Papers] 459 words
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Christmas, 2009 - Since I was a child I have always been very excited and waiting patiently for Christmas to arrive because I always thought on Christmas as an occasion when the family gets together. And this past year (2009) was not different from the others; I was very excited waiting for Christmas. Especially, because I was going to spend this holiday in Mexico with my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins, but all that emotion did not take me to a Christmas full of joy as the past years. Christmas was very important to me because it was Camila’s (my daughter) first time in Mexico, but after this holiday, the way I appreciated and treated my family changed....   [tags: Family Memories] 733 words
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The Commercialization of Christmas - The Commercialization of Christmas Over the years, one topic which has sparked an interesting debate among intellectuals, business men and Christians is whether or not Christmas has enrolled into an over commercialized holiday. The period at the climax of the year, December 25th, which we celebrate as Christmas is the time when consumers increase their spending to an outrageous level and business persons become elated as their shelves become depleted of the products that assist in our celebrations....   [tags: Papers] 492 words
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A Christmas Carol - It was a chilly nineteenth century Christmas Eve, and everybody throughout England were in a festive joyous mood, prepared for Christmas. Everybody except Scrooge who thought Christmas was a waste of money. Scrooge was money hungry, solitary, insensible, uncaring and selfish to say the least. Well he was not completely uncaring about everything. He did seem to care a bit too much about money. He cared so deeply about money that he did not feel heat or cold. No warm or wintry weather effected him....   [tags: Charles Dickens] 1101 words
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Exploring Christmas - Exploring Christmas As the year draws to an end, the holiday spirit is in the air (quite literally we are waiting for the actual ‘holiday’ to start) Well, jokes aside Christmas is surely just around the corner and the spirit of Christmas is once again present among us. But what is this ‘Spirit of Christmas’. In fact what is Christmas. When a person thinks of Christmas, the first thing that most probably comes to mind is the Christmas tree or Santa Claus or even presents. Christmas can be described in many ways but it is usually celebrated by millions of people according to tradition....   [tags: Papers] 843 words
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Skipping Christmas - Skipping Christmas starts out at the gate in an airport. Luther and Nora Krank are there with their daughter Blair, waiting for a flight to Miami that will eventually bring her to eastern Peru, where she is going with the Peace Corps. They all say their goodbyes and the parents leave. Nora is very upset, while Luther isn’t so much. On the way home they stop at a store for white chocolate and pistachios. Luther unwillingly goes in to get it and finds every little thing a hindrance. He is easily annoyed, and doesn’t get the white chocolate....   [tags: essays research papers] 1140 words
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Christmas Traditions - In every culture or tradition we have our different ways to celebrate Christmas. In Latin culture we have our unique way to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. We of course have religious ceremonies as well as our traditional food, like the famous ponche, posole, and tamales. But we also celebrate as whole family members house. We have music, we dance, and of course we stay up all night. The most important way to celebrate our posadas is to have baby Jesus the house. The posadas are one of the typical events during a Christmas celebration in Latin America....   [tags: essays research papers] 603 words
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Christmas, Then And Now - Christmas As I slowly awaken from a deep sleep, cool air hits my squinting eyes and I have the feeling that this is not a normal day. I close my eyes again and ponder for less than a spilt second then realize that SANTA CAME LAST NIGHT!!. I throw back the covers, ignoring the cold that would have kept me in bed for hours later on a normal day, and run to the Christmas tree. Without any lights on I quietly examine everything placed under the tree. I notice that Santa had eaten my cookies and drank all my milk....   [tags: essays research papers] 457 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol Christmas CarolA secular story of Christmas time in an urban setting, With a Christmas carol in mind, dickens set out to create a process in the minds of the Americans imagination. As a result of the industrial evolution and the growth of the families who were forced from their homes in the country and into the city, a whole new lifestyle for them. And as industrialization continued for many people in the city, working conditions got no better. As this increased, the social concern for reform also did....   [tags: English Literature] 944 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered to be one of the greatest English novelists of the Victorian period. Dickens's works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. In 1814 Dickens moved to London, and then to Chatham, where he received some education. He worked in a blacking factory, Hungerford Market, London, while his family was in Marshalea debtor's prison in 1824)....   [tags: English Literature] 942 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol In a Christmas Carol, Dickens uses some of his past childhood experiences to show us that Christmas is very important and many messages come across in this book. It is split up into five ‘staves.’ The reason that they are staves instead of chapters as staves are used in music and it is called a Christmas ‘carol.’ In most cases, when people hear the word ‘Christmas’, we think of a time for giving and sharing with people less fortunate, a time for being thankful for everything we have no matter how little or how big, a chance to spend time with the people we love, joking, laughing and smiling....   [tags: English Literature] 1950 words
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Christmas Catastrophes - Christmas catastrophes. There's no other way to describe them. Some people most likely remember the gift giving or receiving. Many memories likely involved family relations-you know, the bickering in-laws, the kids running all over the place, mothers and mothers-in-law with too much advice for the agitated cook. But most catastrophes happened in the kitchen, or were otherwise related to a dinner that was supposed to be special. We've all heard about the inexperienced cooks who tried to roast turkeys that were frozen solid (yes that has happened in my family) maybe in time for next Christmas....   [tags: Personal Essays] 905 words
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History of christmas - History of the Celebration of Christmas People have celebrated a mid-winter festival since pre-historic times. They marked the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual offerings. The Roman festival of Saturnalia -- a time for feasting and gambling -- lasted for weeks in December. Germanic tribes of Northern Europe also celebrated mid-winter with feasting, drinking and religious rituals. It's thought that Jesus of Nazareth was born in springtime. A Pope, Julius I, chose December 25th for the celebration of his birth in the 4th century -- to include a Christian element in the long-established mid-winter festivals....   [tags: essays research papers] 476 words
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A christmas carol - Charles Dickens believed it was up to him to inform the people of Britain of the social problems occurring around Britain. While Dickens was a young man, he suffered from poverty along with his mother and father. His father was imprisoned for dept and Charles wanted to become a social reformer. Dickens used these problems as themes for his book ‘A Christmas Carol’. These themes involve poverty, pollution and a changing of ways. Dickens used Scrooge, the main character in the book at first to show how current society was at the time and then at the end, after the visits from the three ghosts, how the society could be....   [tags: essays research papers] 1132 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol The story I will be talking about Scrooge who was a mean person and made a big change in his life. This story explores the themes of remorse, meanness and charity to the poor. The main character in this play is Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge was a very miserly man and he just wants money and doesn’t care about anything else, this can be see when the narrator says Oh but he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner....   [tags: English Literature] 1389 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol Lots of people take great pleasure in listening or telling ghost stories. People enjoy this because it gives them a chance to tell people maybe some of their own experiences, stories or their ideas. Some of these may be very scary and some may only be mildly scary. It is also a good way of socialising as you are talking to people and sharing experiences that people may find extremely interesting, resulting in them thinking you are very intellectual, as telling stories can be more in depth than just having a conversation....   [tags: English Literature] 2137 words
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A Christmas Carol - Ebenezer Scrooge is the major character in the story, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is about how a “cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish” money grabbing man is offered an opportunity of a life time, to change his behaviour, attitude... to have a second chance in life. The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end." In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end in the 5th Stave....   [tags: Literary Review] 1323 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol The opening of 'A Christmas Carol' starts off dramatic and mournful. The opening set the scene of the winding streets of Victorian London. Dickens uses the first stave to establish the main characters through vivid descriptions and introduce us to the novel and how it unfolds. The opening scene is vital to intrigue the reader into the novel. Dickens uses the advantage that the story has a moral ending to get the reader involved in the novel. Dickens describes the character of Scrooge as a 'covetous old sinner- tight fisted.' In stave one Scrooge is met with the demise of his old frienc and business partner Jacob Marley....   [tags: English Literature] 860 words
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Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" - HEADING “ A Christmas Carol” is a renowned novel written by prominent British writer, Charles Dickens which was published on 19th december,1843. He had written five books about Christmas, this being the most famous one which sold thousands of copies in the first week alone. The story has been interpreted in many languages and is popular all over the world. Filmmakers have also used this story many times in different versions. The book gained a high level of fame and appreciation due to its emphasis on Victorian era and culture, the significance of Christmas shown using Christmas ghosts, the interpretation of the writer’s own life in the story, creation of fictional characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and his beautiful way of contrasting between their personalities and their traits has given the story an honourable position in the history of English literature....   [tags: Classic English Literature] 1340 words
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