A Christmas Carol theme: Redemption, for the 9-1 GCSE English Literature
Willti Ofei
Mind Map by Willti Ofei, updated more than 1 year ago
Willti Ofei
Created by Willti Ofei over 6 years ago

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    1. 'Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words spoken by the Spirit and was overcome with penitence and grief'
      1. Noun 'grief' contrasts when Scrooge was described as 'solitary as an oyster' and 'hard as sharp as flint'- he once showed no emotions but now he is overcome by grief
        1. First turning points, he shows some remorse towards what he's done
          1. Stave 3, problem in Freytag's pyramid, seems as if it is resolved, we find out later it hasn't through representation of Want and Ignorance
            1. 'overcome' may suggest that the longer someone acts as Scrooge, the harder the emotions will hit back
              1. Consonance of 'h' sound may remind reader of constant sighing. Relief that Scrooge is on the journey to redemption
              2. 'His own heart laughed and that was quite enough for him'
                1. Christmas spirit has saved the day
                  1. 'Nothing could be did Topper when he did the plump sister when she did everyone when they came
                    1. Reminder of Fezziwig in the previous stave when all the people came
                      1. Italics of the pronouns may suggest that Scrooge has changed so much that the reader, since A Christms Carol was written as a bed time story, needs to change the tone of the words or that Scrooge has changed so much that he now conveys emotion through the book but that could be a reach
                    2. 'He went to church and walked about te streets, and watched...and patted..and questioned'
                      1. verbs gradually get more socially integrating
                        1. Polysyndeton conveys increase in Scrooge's excitement, almost 'like a child'
                          1. Long compound sentence suggests he's on some type of journey, journey to redemption, OR a childlike make believe journey. Contrasts the whole rest of the book
                        2. Key Examples
                          1. Whole novella is an allegory for humans having a chance to be kinder, better, more generous humans
                            1. At the start Scrooge rejects all Christmas cheer from everyonehe meets and greets them with 'Bah!' 'Humbug'
                              1. Scrooge rejects all compassions that Christmas offers showing how Scrooge isolated himself from all people, and how his compassion only resides towards money
                            2. Context
                              1. More religious then than now, and Bibile talks about being forgiven for sins, and being good, generous human beings
                                1. Dickens believed people should be more like he 'who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see' all year long, as Jesus was
                                  1. Common Victorian saying of 'spare the rod and spoil the child' was not very religious, Dickens thought people claimed to be Christian but didn't actually put the values into practice
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