A brief overview of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts each representing a different part of the Christmas season. The first ghost to visit Scrooge was the ghost of Christmas's past, and this ghost took Scrooge to see his childhood and all that he had lost by living his first life with a selfish ambition. When the first ghost left Scrooge had a lot to think about but he went back to bed. Here, Dickens shows his readers that changing the way a person thinks takes time and repetition. Scrooge needed another ghost to keep his train of thought. The second ghost was the ghost of the Christmas present, this ghost simply showed to all the joy the people that people had during the Christmas period. However, the most important thing that the ghost showed Scrooge was a family that was very poor. This family was very happy and satisfied with their circumstances and it reminded Scrooge how they could be so happy with so little, and he could be so miserable with so many things.
With the second ghost, Dickens teaches his readers the importance of being content with what one has, without contentment, a person will never be happy, no matter how rich that is. she accumulates. After the departure of the second ghost, Scrooge was very shaken but it took the visit of the third ghost to make him a true believer in the spirit of Christmas. The last ghost was the coming Christmas ghost, and this ghost showed Scrooge what the world would look like if he did not change his habits and help the poor. A very significant passage shows Scrooge looking at the same family that he had seen with the second ghost, but the youngest son in the family had died due to lack of medical treatment. Scrooge is finally shown his own grave and he begins to fear for his life and the life of his neighbor. A Carole Christmas ends with Scrooge giving presents on Christmas and promising to help the poor throughout his life; it's a typical ending for Dickens books in which the protagonist is on the right track and everyone is happy.
The Dickens Great Expectations novel was published in the All Year Round newspaper over a period of eight months. it was very popular. Because Great Expectations was written for a paper, Dickens wrote it in two chapters, keeping the reader interested in papers while satisfying their need for resolution at the end of each installment. This novel is sometimes considered semi-autobiographical because Dickens draws many examples from his own life. Great Expectations is the story of an orphan named Pip who traces his life from early childhood to adulthood. Pip goes through three stages in his life, each with his own expectations. The first are with his humble beginnings with Joe and his visits to the old Miss Havisham and Estella. Joe is a hard working man who does his best to love Pip and teach him life. However, Pip is not grateful for the life that Joe gave him, and he wants to win the affections of the beautiful Estella who is a Miss Havisham pawn.
The second leg of Pips' life begins when a mysterious benefactor gives Pip much of the money and he goes to live in London. Pip permeates the mundane life of London, but his ingratitude towards Joe continues when Joe sends Pip a letter saying that he wants to visit him in London. After reading this letter, Pip is appalled that the common Joe arrives in his life in London. Here Dickens gives the reader a real look at the ingratitude, Joe is a very hard man and he loved Pip with all the love that he had, but Pip can not even start making this love welcoming Joe to his home in London. In the third phase of Pips' life, he is represented with the realization that his benefactor is actually a convict. Here, Pip has to deal with the ugly face of life, and he is not doing so well. The book ends with one of Dickens' largest set of incredible circumstances in which many characters have proven to be related to each other through Miss Havisham. In his high expectations, Dickens gives the reader a lot of thought about gratitude and what it means to be a gentleman. Although Pip has a lot of money, Dickens points out that it is his actions that define him, and Pip does not begin to understand what it means to be a true gentleman at the end of the book.