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Christmas Stories

One of the greatest Christmas stories ever written is ‘A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (commonly called ‘A Christmas Carol’) by Charles Dickens. He is considered the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a dedicated social campaigner. Described one of the English language’s best writers, he is admired for the rich storytelling and memorable characters. His Christmas Story gained a remarkable worldwide popularity. A “little Christmas Book”, as Dickens used to say about Christmas Carol, was first published on December 19, 1843 illustrated by John Leech.[1] The story gained an instant success, the total sale was over six thousand copies only in one week. Interesting is also the fact, that this book was originally written just to pay off one of Dickens debts, but in a while it become one of the most read Christmas Stories all over the world. Because of the musical analogy of this Christmas Story’s title, Charles Dickens divides his book into five “staves” instead of normal chapters as found in the other books. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a Victorian morality tale of and old, greedy and selfish, bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge for whom the only and most important thing in life was wealth. As this Christmas story goes on, he dramatically changes his life in one evening. At the begining of the story the reader is told that Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s partner in business was dead — the narrator says – and the action begins 7 years after his death to the Christmas Eve. There were a couple of people visitting Scrooge that day – his nephew Fred, who still believed that his uncle could change his miserable life. The others were two poor gentlemen that asked Ebenezer for a charity donation. Scrooge’s answer to them, regarding the poormen was: “If they would rather die … they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” The main action involves three ghosts – Ghost of the Past, Present and Future. Firs couple told the completely terrified Scrooge about his life compared to his late friend Jacob Martin, who was condemned for a lifestyle similar to the main character’s one. There was a symbol used to describe Scrooge’s future possible fate – the chain with attached wealth like ledgers, money boxes, keys etc. wound around him. Ebenezer Scrooge realised that his wealth is worth nothing in contrast with the eternal life after death, and he becomes a generous and kind-hearted soul that he was in his youth. In the end, he sends his clerk the the biggest turkey the butcher had and spends Christmas Day with his nephew Fred and his wife.
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