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Very often when a popular novel published it is turned into a movie a little later. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a very popular original story about a man named Scrooge who is flooded with greed. It’s around Christmas time and Scrooge is told by the spirit of his old partner, Jacob Marley, that he will be visited by three ghosts. These ghosts are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. They all show him different events of his life to try and change him, some good and some not so great.
But, in the end, they were successful; Scrooge had changed into a kind and generous old man. Many movies were made of this book and, since this was a classic, all the filmmakers had to have the major details Dickens wrote to make it as special as the vintage book itself. After reading Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, I think that the filmmakers did stay true to Dickens’ words. One reason I believe the filmmakers did stay true to Dickens’ words is the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come did stay mutual between the book and the films, Scrooged and Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol.
In the book, Dickens wrote that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is a tall phantom (Dickens 50). All the filmmakers took that and made sure to have towering phantoms looking down on Scrooge in their movies (Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol; Scrooged). Also, Dickens’ wrote that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has on a long, loose, dark robe that shadowed his face and almost everything else (Dickens 50). The filmmakers did remember to have their Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come wear a long a long, loose, dark robe that covered the phantoms body and face (Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol; Scrooged).
However, Dickens did write that only the phantoms on hand could be seen, and all the filmmakers added that important detail to the Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come in their movies (Dickens 50; Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol; Scrooged). The appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was similar between the movies and the book, which proves the filmmakers did stay true to Dickens’ word. Similar to how the filmmakers listened to Dickens’ words when designing the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, they also paid close attention to what Dickens had to say when designing the Ghost of Christmas Present for their ilms. In the book, Dickens says that the Ghost of Christmas Present is a real giant so, in all the movies we saw, the filmmakers made their Ghosts of Christmas Present huge (Dickens 32; George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol; The Muppets’ Christmas Carol). Dickens also describes that the Ghost of Christmas Present wore a long, fur-lined robe and a belt (Dickens 33). Even though this is very simple, all the filmmakers did have their Ghosts of Christmas Present in the same attire (George C.
Scott’s A Christmas Carol; The Muppets’ Christmas Carol). One great detail Dickens wrote about the Ghost of Christmas Present is that he had a holly wreath crown atop his head (Dickens 33). Every filmmaker made sure their own Ghosts of Christmas Present had this small article atop them (George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol; The Muppets’ Christmas Carol). The filmmakers, as the reader can see, did listen to Dickens’ words when making their own Ghosts of Christmas Present.
Just as the filmmakers took Dickens’ words into their character designs for Marley’s Ghost and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, they stayed consistent and took in the greatest details from Dickens’s writing when designing Marley. In the book, Marley’s Ghost is described to have a usual working-mans’ attire, a waistcoat and tights (Dickens 11). In the clips, Marley’s Ghost had that same attire that is described by Dickens (Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol). Dickens also says that Marley had a kerchief wrapped around his head (Dickens 11).
The filmmakers in the clips did listen to Dickens’ words and made sure all their Marleys had it (Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol). One of the most important things Dickens wrote about Marley’s Ghost, is that he bore a chain of padlocks and cashboxes around his hips (Dickens 11). Luckily, all the filmmakers remembered to add this important item to Marley’s appearance (Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol). The appearance of Marley’s Ghost stayed mutual throughout the book and the movies, which confirms that the filmmakers did listen to Dickens.
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I really liked this classic book because of all the detail it had and it’s important for other book and movie versions of it remember what Dickens wrote, so the same story can continue to be passed on throughout history. Fortunately, all of the filmmakers did stay true to Dickens’ words when creating the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Yet to Come, and when creating Marley’s Ghost. Therefore, I can conclude that the filmmakers did, indeed, abide to Dickens’ words from his book, A Christmas Carol.
Author: Brandon Johnson
Thesis Essay- a Christmas Carol
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When writing a thesis statement it's always important to bear in mind that you're putting forward an argument. You need to have something you want to say about the story, then be prepared to argue your case, backing it up with evidence from the text. There are a number of potential arguments you could use in relation to A Christmas Carol. For example, you could argue that Scrooge has only really changed his ways for selfish reasons. In that sense, he remains as selfish at the end of the story as he did at the beginning, albeit with a radically different effect upon other people. The Ghost of Christmas Future gives Scrooge a frightening glimpse of what lies in store if he doesn't mend his ways. He's absolutely terrified at the prospect, genuinely concerned at the fate of his soul. So perhaps it could be argued that Scrooge's dramatic conversion is motivated, not by a genuine desire to improve the lot of his fellow man, but by fear and self-interest. For Scrooge, it's all about doing whatever he can to save himself.