The Popularity of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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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. Also people who read this book see there is a

slight humorous side to the text which seems to make us more

interested in the book itself and people like to feel amused, it makes

them feel happy. As well as cleverly written text and an emotional

side to the story. All of this ensures the survival of the classic

story.

The theme of the book is all about Christmas, which appeals to us even

in today's busy world. People like to read about Christmas because it

is a happy time of year and brings joy to lots of people. Also

Christmas past brings back memories Such as, the festive joy, the feel

of Christmas and the love between family and friends. There are three

views on Christmas in the book, Scrooges Bob Cratchitts and Fezziwig.

Scrooge can't stand Christmas he thinks it a time of depression and

deep gloom e.g. 'What right have you to be merry? What reason have you

to be merry?' This shows scrooge to be a grumpy old and generally

depressing person at Christmas time. Bob Cratchitts view on the

festive time of year is a happy merry and good will to everyone. And

finally Fezziwig who ...

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...ke the reader think, laugh or cry. Dickens has done this to

produce a book that will live on forever.

In my opinion the main reason for 'A Christmas Carol' been so popular

in modern day society is the moral message. The message that makes you

stop and think after you have read the book. The message was well in

my opinion: 'Things can only get better'. For instance at the

beginning of the story Scrooge was a crusty old man and at the end of

the story he saw the light at the end of the tunnel. He made it out of

that dark tunnel and shared his Christmas good will with everyone.

This moral message will live on forever like the book, read time and

time again.

Works Cited:

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Classics of Children's Literature. Ed. John W. Griffith and Charles Frey. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan, 1992. 197-249.
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