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1

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘When want is keenly felt’

When?
Who?
What?

Stave 1
The charity gentlemen
Foreshadows the child want

2

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘Are there no prisons?’

When?
Who?
What?

Stave 1
Scrooge
Hints all the poor are guilty of something- an upperclass view
Foreshadows when the ghost of Christmas present will repeat it later

3

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘One of broken fortunes’

When?
Who?
What?

The narrator describing Scrooge’s school
Stave 2
‘Fortune’ as they were blessed to have an education
‘Broken’ due to the way they were treated

4

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘Who do their deeds... in our name’

When?
Who?
What?

The ghost of Christmas present
Stave 3
Sly social commentary from dickens who criticises how people do the most awful of things in the name of god

5

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘He bore a little crutch’

When?
Who?
What?

Narrator describing tiny Tim
Stave 3
Research suggests he had either a type of kidney failure or rickets which were both curable if the patient had money at the time. So by not paying cratchit enough Scrooge could kill Tim

6

REDEMPTION

’he felt the chilling influence of its death cold eyes’

Who?
Where?
What?

Scrooge describing Marley
Stave 1
‘Chilling’ we were told nothing could chill Scrooge so it shows he’s already changing
‘Its’ Marley is not human

7

REDEMPTION

‘Still very foggy and extremely cold’

Who?
Where?
What?

Scrooge describes the night
Stave 2
‘Fog’ could be condensation- a metaphor for Scrooge melting
Pathetic fallacy

8

REDEMPTION

‘They all three burst into a laugh’

Who?
Where?
What?

Describing the robbers in joes shop
Stave 4
It could be a reference to the foul soldiers who gambled for Scrooge’s clothes after the crucifixion
Scrooge links to Christ in many ways, Jesus proved to god after being tempted 3 times, Scrooge has theee spirits

9

REDEMPTION

‘ I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been’

Who?
Where?
What?

Scrooge begs to the Last spirit
Stave 4
Contains all three tenses to symbolise how he has learnt all three lessons

10

ISOLATION

‘No eye at all is better than an evil eye dark master!’

Who?
Where?
What?

Dogs to their owners when Scrooge walks by
Stave 1
‘Evil eye’ is an idea in many cultures- in the bible it is a curse given by a glare.

11

ISOLATION

‘A golden one’

Who?
Where?
What?

Belle explains what has happened to Scrooge
Stave 2
Semantic field of business
Biblical- the Israelites made a golden idle of Moses when he was absent which angered him he executed all who worshipped it

12

CHRISTMAS

‘God bless you merry gentlemen’

Who?
Where?
What?

Carol singers
Stave 1
Dickens replaces ‘rest’ with ‘bless’ to symbolise how the spirits will not let him rest

13

CHRISTMAS

‘His organ of benevolence’

Who?
Where?
What?

Describing fezziwig
Stave 2
Organ of benevolence was believed to be outcropping at the top of the forehead- reflects dickens interest in phenology

14

TIME

‘Good heaven!’

Who?
Where?
What?

Scrooge exclaims at his old school
Stave 2
Another disguised biblical reference, relation of childhood as heavenly

15

TIME

‘ I don’t know anything I’m quite a baby’

Who?
Where?
What?

Scrooge after waking up on chairman’s morning
Stave 5
References to being reborn

16

FAMILY

‘a merry Christmas uncle! God save you!’

Who?
Where?
What?

Fred greets Scrooge
Stave 1
We were told no one dares speak to Scrooge
‘Save’ hints he can be saved

17

SUPERNATURAL

‘Marley was as dead as a door nail’

Who?
Where?
What?

Narrator
Stave 1
Simile
Door nails are hammered into a door then the end is hammered over making them useless for any other task- thus ‘dead’

18

SUPERNATURAL

‘Gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge’

Who?
Where?
What?

Narrator
Stave 1
Personification
Symbolic of god looking down
Bell tolls for death

19

SUPERNATURAL

‘Lights flashes up... curtains of his bed were drawn’

Who?
Where?
What?

The ghost of Christmas past
Stave 2
Links to the theatre and cues which symbolises the action is about to begin

20

SUPERNATURAL

‘Held a branch of fresh green holly.. trimmed with summer flowers’

Who?
Where?
What?

Ghost of Christmas past
Stave 2
In V times summer and winter flowers never co existed, the ghost co exists age and youth
Victorians used flowers for meaning

21

SUPERNATURAL

‘ it was shrouded in a deep black garment’

Who?
Where?
What?

Ghost of Christmas yet to come
Stave 4
Ghost is an allegory for death
Mirrors the grim reaper
‘It’ not human