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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol Essay

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Phone for Change: ' Dickens' Try to Improve Society, and Walt Disney's Subversion Thereof In a time in which the significance of Christmas slowly started to change, Charles Dickens, according to these changes, wrote a Christmas story: A Christmas Carol. The novella was published six days in advance of the Christmas parties of 1843; it was sold out three weeks after. Though a socially engaged narrative, Dickens' work is not busy with trivialities such as the debut of Christmas cards; rather A Christmas Carol targets the transforming beliefs and values within society and endeavours to bring about these modifications. A hundred and forty decades after, the story was (once more) retold: The Disney film studios introduced Mickey's Christmas Carol, a animated children's movie. Despite the cartoon's innocent presentation (portraying famous Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck), it would ironically appear to sabotage Dickens' attempts to create a more humanist society by integrating the orthodox phenomenon of Hell. To be able to illuminate signaled subject-matter, this essay will first concentrate on the transformations depicted in Dickens' novella before talking how Mickey's Christmas Carol would seem to subvert them. The most striking transformation dealt by way of A Christmas Carol isalso naturally, Ebenezer Scrooge's. In his essay, "Stalking the Figurative Oyster: the Excursive Ideal at A Christmas Carol", Craig Buckwald likens Scrooge's transformation to that of a closed oyster which opens itself to show the beautiful pearl which was hidden within the rough crust all along. Buckwald supports his theory by drawing the attention to the manner in which Scrooge abominates his fellow man...

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