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Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, that classic story by Charles Dickens set in 19th-century London about Ebenezer Scrooge and his negative, bah-humbug attitude toward Christmas, needs no introduction. It is a well-known description of the change that comes over a cold-hearted, selfish miser after he experiences ghostly visitors on Christmas Eve. The ghosts his former business partner and three others of past, present, and future Christmases, show him scenes which result in his having a permanent change of heart.
It is during this transformation that Dickens depicts the harshness of being poor in 19th-century London by contrasting Scrooge’s opinion with the realities of those who are facing poverty. … Continue reading →
- 10/31/2018 – The Queen Mary, review of Dracula by Bram Stoker
- 9/29/2018 – The Alamo, review of The Age of Innocence
- 08/01/2018 – Ellis Island, San Antonio Missions, and more
- 03/17/2018 – Chicago River and Blarney Stone