Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Creepy Christmas Carol

        Stave One opens with the author emphasizing the death of Scrooges partner by continuously saying, "Marley was dead." The next couple of pages gave a vivid description of Scrooge and a conversation between Scrooge and his nephew, which led to Scrooge dismissing him. He then is visited by these gentlemen who are looking for wealthy individuals to give money to poor people in the area for food on Christmas. We find out from the earlier pages that Scrooge despises the holidays because he feels it is a waste of time, so with that being said, he abruptly declines their offer. He leaves his work and sees his dead partners face in the knocker of the door  while opening it, but doesn't think much of it. He then gets ready for bed after reading the newspaper and sitting by the fire. Scrooge begins to hear loud noises and is shocked when he realizes Marley standing there with chains on his arms. They talk for a little about why Marley wonders the earth as a spirit and at first Scrooge is not buying that it is really his partner. Marley explains its the things he has done when he was alive that keeps him from resting. The ghost becomes angered by Scrooges attitude and Scrooge becomes frightened. Marley tells Scrooge to escape the same faith as himself, he will be visited by three ghosts in the next three days. Scrooge is uncertain, but doesn't really ask any questions. Marley then leaves through the window. Scrooge looks outside and sees spirits with chains on similar to Marley in the sky. He closes the window and goes directly to sleep like nothing happened.
      Stephen King's perspective would be that "A Christmas Carol" takes the delightfulness and merriness  of Christmas and flips it around by adding ghosts and creepy occurrences. Stave One is a great example of the slit twist on the cheerful holiday. When Scrooges dead partner shows up, it kind of gives a horror vibe to it, which draws the reader in. The reader might think Scrooge is crazy and how could you blame them? He is seeing ghosts inside and outside his house. Are they a figment of his imagination or are they real? I feel that is the thrilling part of the story. In my opinion, pages 20 to 25 connect to part of King's thesis. As i stated before, it seems as if Scrooge is going crazy. It could be due to stress in his life. I definitely think it relates to the "we are crazy" part of the thesis because the ghost is what appeals to us, not the man treating everyone horribly or neglecting his family. Personally, I don't see how reading this story would release my tension, so i don't fully agree with that part. 

2 comments:

  1. I agree with you, Stephen King perspective of "A Christmas Carol" would be more darker and a twist of horror specially with these ghost.. it's like A Nightmare Before Christmas but scarier.

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  2. Not a bad post, Eric. As we said in class, however, be sure to proofread a little more carefully ;-)

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