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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

SYNOPSIS

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

   A Christmas Carol was  first published on December 19, 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. This book has sold six thousand copies in one week. This book was published to help Dickens earn money to pay off his debt, but it later became a top seller.
   The story takes place in London, England. It's winter time and the novel starts the day before Christmas. This day is also known as Christmas Eve. The setting of the book takes placethroughout Scrooge's Counting House, Scrooge's Home, and Bob Cratchit's Home. The story takes readers to Scrooge's childhood. A Christmas party took place at Frzziwig's place. This is where Scrooge was an apprentice. This is where he also met the love of his life. The book skips to Scrooge's love life. They talk about his marriage, and says that he had become in a world of his own money. 
   The four main characters in the book are Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew, Fred. A Christmas Carol is known now as a story broken by Hollywood constantly in straight adaptations. In fact, social group of the time noted that the popularity of the story played a critical role of redefining the importance of Christmas and the major sentiments associated with the holiday. Few modern readers realize that A Christmas Carol was written during a time of downfall in the old Christmas traditions.
   Many people have made imitations of the book into plays. Also, critics say that people enjoy reading A Christmas Carol during the holidays because it gets them in the spirit of Christmas.
 

MONIQUE KELLY, BRITISH LITERATURE, FAYETTE COUNTY EVENING HIGH SCHOOL