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a christmas carol - quotes
Terms in this set (36)
'Sole' (stave 1)
repetition - Isolated, lonely. His selfish ways have left him this way.
'No wind that blew was bitterer than he.' (stave 1)
Pathetic fallacy - cold, cruel, harsh.
'squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner!' (stave 1)
Exclamatory - asyndetic listing creates a fast pace - suggests he doesn't reflect. Shows his faults. End focus links to religion - Scrooge is evil and unchristian.
'solitary as an oyster' (stave 1)
Simile - lonely and isolated. Oyster suggests hope as it contains a pearl - he can change?
'hard and sharp as flint' (stave 1)
Simile - cruel, harsh, hurts people (including himself) with his selfish ways
'with an undoubted bargain' (stave 1)
Selfish. Tight with money. Money is Scrooge's fatal flaw.
'What should I put you down for?' 'Nothing!' (stave 1)
Exclamatory - unwilling to give to charity. He is selfish and unchristian.
'in the expectation of finding himself surrounded' (stave 1)
Thought he would have chains like Marley's ghost - realising his wrongs and feeling regret as he knows his selfish ways will weigh on him him even in death. Emphasises he is selfish and unchristian.
(stave 2) "Remove me!" Scrooge exclaimed, "I cannot bare it."
Exclamatory - imperative 'remove' - he is emotional and vulnerable. First signs of change.
(stave 2) 'but it's too late now'
Declarative - Guilt, regret. Realises all the unchristian things he has done.
(stave 2) 'Why do you delight to torture me?'
Rhetorical question - feels emotional and guilty. Doesn't like seeing all of the bad things that his fatal flaw has caused. Changing.
'Leave me! Take me back. Haunt me no longer.' (stave 2)
Tripling - exclamatory - becoming compassionate and starting to change
'I wish' (stave 2)
Verb - desire to do something differently. WANTS to change.
'Your past.' 'Your welfare!' (stave 2)
Short, simple sentences used by the ghost of christmas past - time is running out for Scrooge and he must change.
'I am mortal' (stave 2)
declarative - realises life is short and fragile - cares about living - he must change.
(stave 3) The Cratchitt Family
They represent Christianity and also the struggles of the poor. Dickens thinks that people should help the poor.
(stave 3) 'God bless us, every one!'
Exclamatory - Tiny Tim is kind and happy despite his illness - this juxtaposes with Scrooge who is rich but cruel and unhappy.
(stave 3) 'with an interest he had never felt before, "Tell me if Tiny Tim will live." '
Imperative 'tell' - Scrooge cares. He is becoming compassionate and is changing and he genuinely wants to know about the welfare of Tiny Tim.
'The Founder of the Feast, indeed!' (stave 3)
Exclamatory - alliteration - Mrs Cratchitt dislikes Scrooge - gives an insight into how other people see him - despite the fact that Bob works for Scrooge, she doesn't think that Scrooge is the one who has helped them get their meal. 'Feast' - grateful for what they have despite having to have a goose instead of a turkey.
'ogre' 'cast a dark shadow' (stave 3)
Met. - he is a monster to them and is the reason for their struggles and suffering.
'the steeples called good people all to church...flocking through the streets...best clothes and with their gayest faces.' (stave 3)
Lexical field of happiness/positivity - Christianity is important. Being good and Christian makes people happy despite what they have or don't have.
'Is it a bear?' 'ought to have been "yes"' (stave 3)
Fred's wife and friends see Scrooge as a bear - emphasises his negative and cruel attitude is pushing people away and making him into a joke to them.
'Lead on, Spirit!' (stave 4)
Exclamatory + imperative verb - drive and desire. He wants to change and he wants to do good.
'I am prepared to bear your company and do it with a thankful heart.' (stave 4)
Declarative - he wants to do this and he is grateful for it.
'Scrooge feared the silent shape so much that his legs trembled' (stave 4)
Verbs - he is weak and afraid. He is scared of what is going to happen if he doesn't change.
'Show that person to me spirit! I beseech you.' (stave 4)
Exclamatory - desperation - he wants to see somebody who cares about his death and the spirit shows him a couple who are happy because they no longer have to pay debt - he realises that his selfish and greedy ways are making people dislike him and not care. This will happen if he doesn't change.
'Holding his hands up in a last prayer' (stave 4)
Reference to religion - links to the importance of Christianity. He is desperate for this not to happen and wants to change.
'I hope to be another man.' 'I am not the man I was.' (stave 4)
Declarative - verb 'hope' - he has changed. Wants to be a better, more Christian person.
'Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!' (stave 4)
Exclamatory - desperate to change and change his future. Doesn't want this to happen to him.
(Stave 5) 'I will live in the past, the present and the future!'
Tripling + exclamatory - he has taken the visits into account and he has changed. He is a better person now.
(Stave 5) 'I am as happy as an angel'
Simile - his selfishness and greed is no longer holding him back or making him unhappy. Reference to Christianity.
(Stave 5) 'I'm quite a baby'
Met. - he feels reborn. He has another chance now.
(Stave 5) 'No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial'
Pathetic fallacy - juxt. with the start - things are better now. He is happier.
(Stave 5) 'a delighted smile. He looked so irresistibly pleasant.'
Adjectives - juxt. with the start where people avoided him - suggests people are now drawn to him.
(Stave 5) 'Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included'
Declarative - he is now selfless and giving to charity. Juxt. with the start. He is righting his wrongs.
(Stave 5) 'I'll raise your salary,'
Declarative - selfless. Helping the Cratchitts. He cares. He has changed.
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