A Christmas carol: Second spirit

Rashida Ali
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GCSE English literature Mind Map on A Christmas carol: Second spirit, created by Rashida Ali on 09/29/2015.

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A Christmas carol: Second spirit
1 A spirit in the form of a giant clad in festive robes. He takes Scrooge to see the christmases of people that he knows and also of those he does not. In doing so, he shows Scrooge that even in wretched conditions people a lot less fortunate than himself celebrate christmas with gusto
2 Before the arrival of the spirit
2.1 Scrooge is prepared for the arrival of the spirit, which shows he is not frightened about the forth coming events
2.1.1 "For he wished to challenge the spirit on the moment of its appearance..."
2.1.2 "...he was ready for a good broad field of strange appearances...nothing between a baby and a rhinoceros would have astonished him very much."
2.1.3 "...no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling
2.1.4 "...as he was powerless to make out what it meant,..."
3 The arrival of the spirit
3.1 "...a strange voice called him by his name,...He obeyed
3.2 "But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green."
4 The Spirit
4.1 The spirit aligns himself with the poor, looks down on the idea of covering himself , genial faced- happy faced, anti scrooge- generous, cheerful, gaily, carries true joyful air and the essence of christmas, warm and welcoming
4.1.1 Scrooges response: Scrooge has changed his personality, as he could be fearful, changed rapidly therefore shows that he is morally improving and seeks repentance "Scrooge entered timidly and hung his head before this spirit." "He was not the dogged Scrooge he had been:....though the spirits eyes were clear and kind, he did not want to meet them." Scrooge shows guilt- this is the first form of repentance "...conduct me where you will...and i have learnt a lesson which is working now. Tonight if you aught to teach me, let me profit by it."
4.1.2 "Come in!' exclaimed the ghost. 'Come in! and know me better, man!"
4.1.3 "I am the ghost of Christmas present,' said the spirit "Look upon me!" Scrooge reverently did so. Emperative- is used as a direct command, welcoming but powerful
4.1.4 "It was clothed in one simple green robe, or mantle..."
4.1.5 "...that its capacious breast was bare
4.1.6 "Its feet.....were also bare:..."
4.1.7 "Its dark brown curls were long and free; free as its genial face, its sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanour, and its joyful air
4.1.8 "...but no sword was in it..."
5 1. The streets
5.1 "There was nothing very cheerful in the climate or town, and yet their was an air of cheerfulness..."
5.2 "Why to a poor one most?" asked Scrooge
6 2. The cratchitts
6.1 "...Mrs Cratchit, Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly, in a twice turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and made a goodly show for sixpence:....Belinda Cratchit....also brave in ribbons:..."
6.2 Poor, impoverished, destitute, grateful, gratified, appreciative, kind, loving, generous, gaily, joyous, merry
6.2.1 "....nobody said or thought that it was at all a small pudding for a large family. It would have been flat heresy to do so. Any cratchit would have blushed to hint such a thing."
6.2.2 "They were not a handsome family, they were not well dressed, their shoes far from being waterproof, their clothes were scanty..."
6.2.3 "But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contended with the time; "
6.2.4 "Master peter cratchit...and getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar.."
6.2.5 "Apples and oranges were put upon the table..."
6.2.6 "A custard cup without a handle."
6.3 "...and his threadbare clothes darned up and brushed to look sensible..."
6.4 Tiny Tim
6.4.1 "...Bob's voice was tremulous when he told them this and trembled more when he said Tiny Tim was growing strong and hearty."
6.4.2 "...Bob held his withered little hand in his,...and dreaded that he might be taken from him."
6.4.3 "...he hoped people saw him in the church because he was a cripple..."
6.4.4 Scrooge is feeling" sympathetic, pitiful, shameful, guilty "spirit", said Scrooge, with an interest he had never felt before, 'tell me if Tiny Tim will live." "Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quote...and was overcome with penitence and grief. "Scrooge bent before the ghosts rebuke, and trembling cast his eyes upon the ground."
6.5 "...Bob had hugged his daughter until his heart content..."
6.6 "...Scrooge was the ogre of the family."
6.7 "...peter himself looked at thoughtfully at the fire from between his collars
7 3. The different types of Christmases
7.1 Rich christmas
7.1.1 "Brightness of the roaring fires...flickering of the blaze showed preparations for cosy dinners, with hot plates baking through and through before the fire....to shut out cold and darkness."
7.1.2 "...artful witches: well they knew it- in a glow!
7.2 Poor christmas
7.2.1 "...without a word of warning from the ghost, they stood upon a bleak deserted moor...but for the frost that held it prisoner; and nothing grew but moss and furze, and coarse, rank grass.
7.2.2 "...sun had left a streak of fiery red, which glared upon the desolation...like a sullen eye, and frowning, lower, lower, lower yet, was lost in the thick gloom of darkest night."
7.2.3 "A place where miners live"...returned the spirit. "But, they know me. See!"
7.2.4 "...a cheerful company assembled round a glowing fire...and another generation beyond that, all decked out gaily in their holiday attire.
7.2.5 "...and from time to time they all joined in the chorus. So surely as they raised their voices..."
7.3 The lighthouse
7.3.1 "...two men who watched the light had made a fire...they wished each other Merry Christmas."
8 4. Christmas in Fred's house
8.1 Fred
8.1.1 Optimistic/ earnest/ mature/ appreciative/ loyal/ kind hearted/has a sense of love, merriment and joy/ attentive/ considerate/ idealistic/ sympathetic/ jolly/ has a wide sense of humour/ respect towards Scrooge/ bubbly/ light hearted/ high spirited/ pleasant/ grateful/ "If you should happen, by an unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in laugh than Scrooges nephew, all i can say is, i should like to know him too." "I have no patience with him" observed Scrooges nephew..other ladies expressed the same opinion. "Oh, i have!' said Scrooges nephew. " I am sorry for him; i could't be angry with him if i tried. Who suffers by his ill whims! Himself, always..." "Everybody...were clustered around the fire, by lamplight." "Scrooges nephew revelled in another laugh, and as it was impossible to keep the infection off...;his example was unanimously followed. "Scrooge's nephew, 'that the consequence of his taking a dislike to us, and not making merry with us, is, as i think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm. "...in his mouldy office, or his dusty chambers. I mean to give him the same chance every year, whether he likes it or not, for i pity him. He may rail at Christmas until he dies...If he finds me going there year after year, and saying Uncle Scrooge, how are you? If it only puts him in the vein to leave his poor clerk fifty pounds, that's something and i think i shock him yesterday." "After tea they had some music. For they were a musical family. Scrooges response "When this strain of music sounded, all the things the ghost had shown him, came upon his mind; he softened more and more; and thought that if he could have listened to it often, years ago, he might have cultivated the kindness for his won happiness with his own hands..." "...but they all played, and so did Scrooge...The ghost was greatly pleased to find him in this mood, and looked upon him with such favour that he begged like a boy to be allowed to stay..." "Uncle Scrooge had imperceptibly become gay and light of heart, that he would have pledged the unconscious company in return, and thanked them in an inaudible speech, if the ghost had given him time."
8.2 "...while thus engaged to hear a hearty laugh...to find himself in a bright, dry, gleaming room, with the spirit standing by his side, and looking at that same nephew with approving affability!"
8.3 "..while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour."
8.4 "When Scrooges nephew laughed in this way: holding his sides, rolling his head, and twisting his face in the most extravagant contortion: Scrooges niece by marriage, laughed as heartily as he."
8.5 "I am sure he is very rich, Fred, " hinted Scrooge's niece...Scrooges nephew, "His wealth is of no use to him. He don't do any good with it. He don't make himself comfortable with it. He hasn't got the satisfaction of thinking-ha, ha, ha!- that he is ever going to benefit US with it."
9 The End of the Christmas past
9.1 "It was strange, too, that while Scrooge remained unaltered...the ghost grew older, clearly older. Scrooge had observed this change, but never spoke of it, until they left a children's Twelfth Night party...he noticed that it's hair was grey."
9.2 "Scrooge looking intently at the spirit's robe, "but I see something strange...Is it a foot or a claw!
9.2.1 "It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it', was the spirit's sorrowful reply..."
9.3 "It brought two children: wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable..."
9.4 "There was a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out...a stale, and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds...has monsters half so horrible and dread."
9.5 "They are man's', said the spirit, ...'And they cling to me appealing from their fathers . This boy is ignorance. This girls is want. Beware them both, ...but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow i see that written which is doom."
9.5.1 "Scrooge started back, appalled, 'spirit! are these yours?' Scrooge could say no more.
9.5.2 "Have they no refuge or resource?' cried Scrooge. 'Are there no prisons? said the spirit, turning on him...'Are there no workhouses?'
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