“I have endeavoured in this ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly and no one wish to lay it.” C.D, December 1843. Dickens creates an image of a traditional Christmas, including Father Christmas, Christmas trees, cards, food and parties. This has had a lasting impact on the way we celebrate Christmas. ‘A Christmas Carol’ has many links to Christmas; take for example the title,’ A Christmas Carol’, meaning a song or a hymn sang at Christmas time and so he names each of his chapters, ‘Staves’. Stave one, of ‘A Christmas Carol’, begins with an extremely clever, powerful and engaging opening which immediately grasps the attention of anyone who reads it,
“Marley was dead: to begin with.” We come to know that Ebenezer Scrooge was the business partner of the late Marley and not only was he his only friend, but he was also the only person to attend Marley’s funeral.
“…his sole friend and sole mourner.” During this first stave, we learn vast amounts with regards to Ebenezer Scrooge. It seems that Scrooge was not emotionally affected by the death of his partner and that he prioritises business over any other matter, as on the day of