A Christmas Carol by Charlie Dickens – HOW I PUT IT TOGETHER

Well the key thing was to make Scrooge seem the most despicable character ever in the First Stave then show how even someone as awful as he could change for the better. The idea was that the readers, educated rich and powerful people, might recognise how some of what Scrooge was like actually applied to them too – make them feel guilty. So I created Scrooge as a CARICATURE to represent all of the bad things about the rich and powerful people of the time – you could never find one person as terrible as Scrooge – I hope!

To read more of Charlie Dickens’ revision book, email mark.holloway53@ntlworld.com

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A Christmas Carol by Charlie Dickens: THINGS THAT INFLUENCED ME

I wrote the book in 1843 in December (of course). Several things were pissing me off at the time, mostly to do with the terrible way that the rich and powerful people of the time in London (Bastards) only looked out for themselves and their own families and friends. In those times living conditions were pretty awful if you were unlucky enough to be poor. The problem was that loads of people had gone to London from the countryside in search of jobs or places to live and the City couldn’t cope with them all. Many employers took advantage of the large numbers of people looking for work and paid their employees as little as possible – if you lost your job then it was hard to find another.

To read more of Charlie Dickens’ revision book, email mark.holloway53@ntlworld.com

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