Christmas Carol Review

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Reading the actual original story was a unique pleasure, as the classic story was reanimated through the author’s original intent of suspenseful repetitive wording, and descriptive language which, not being so long as to bore a reader, but also being articulated and well defined so as to construct scenes of frost covered brick alleyways in London, England, around Christmastime. The plot, which many are extremely well acquainted with, follows the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who not only neglected to celebrate Christmas himself, but also expressed spitefulness to those who could not pay off investments. Ignoring his worker’s, Bob Cratchit, ill young child and poor family, more poverty across and ...view middle of the document...

Also, however, the powers of the spirits were demonstrated through the setting, as, although they visited him during consecutive hours for three night total, the time of only one night passed by, as he awoke on Christmas Day. The unique timing, along with Scrooge being subconsciously connected with his own life as an outside viewer, gives the reader a sensation of these powers sent to aid him in, ironically, his time of need. Scrooge discovered that, though he formerly had materialistic possessions, it was him who was in need more than the poor. As a third and final point, the voice of the novel was fitting for the book: it was appealingly concise, and, though not having excerpts of description, gave it enough to give the reader a feeling differing from that of the bustles of work. This work was, in my opinion, highly enjoyable, and stood out from others.
Although some may cringe at the publication date of A Christmas Carol, the author was competent, and used an interesting setting and mood to demonstrate the prominent theme of charity and true Christmas spirit. Therefore, I would recommend this book to those who like fiction, or are intrigued by Scrooge’s transformation as a human being; before reading, don’t judge by insignificant factors.

In “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens is tapping into a Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories around the holidays. It was also believed that on Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, ghosts would be among us -- a scene Charles Dickens recreates with Scrooge at his window. So Dickens, right from the start, is easing his contemporary audience into a story...

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