A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens wrote the book 'A Christmas carol' in October 1843. He

finished the book on December 2nd. The book was only a novella, a

short novel. He did not have enough time to write a full novel because

he wanted the book to be published by Christmas. At the time he was

struggling financially. In scrooge's childhood he had to start work at

the age of twelve as his father got sent to prison for unpaid depts.

At Christmas the book sold well because it was a nice present and was

a reasonable price. Dickens reputation also helped him sell the book.

He was inspired by the parts of London that he walked through at

night. He took the characters from 'Pickwick papers'. Then added

characters that were both wealthy and poor.

Section 1: Marley's Ghost.

Setting

This section takes place in Scrooge's living room. He lives in a big

old house that is not well kept. He sleeps eats and spends most of his

time at home in this one room. It is Christmas Eve. He is eating some

watery thin soup for his supper. The scary atmosphere is created by

the description. The text describes how scrooge has only one candle

lit in the room and the rest of the house is dark and empty.

Characters

Scrooge and the ghost of Marley are the only two characters in this

section.

Scrooge is a very grumpy lonely old man who cares about nothing but

money. He has no one that loves him and no friends. In this section

Scrooge is dressed in his night cloths, dressing gown, slippers and a

bed hat. The ghost of Marley is determined to convince Scrooge to

change his ways. He is described to have chains with cash boxes and

ledgers hanging from them. The ghost also has a kerchief tied around

his head, he is wearing a waistcoat, a pair of tights and boots and

his hair is tied in pigtails.

Why is it effective?

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