A Christmas Carol Stave 1
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the first chapter sums up to a narration by the author and dialog of characters focusing on a wicked and greedy man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who doesn’t want anything to do with other people except get their money (which he demands his debtors to pay by imprisonment or a workhouse) and shuns the idea of generosity or anything kind and nice. Scrooge is visited by a long time business associate’s ghost and is warned of future fate if he doesn’t change the way he is toward his obsession with money and mean character. The partner Marley lets him know of three more visits to expect from three more ghosts in the next three days.
From Stephen King’s perspective I think that this novel supports King’s theory about people who like horror films in his thesis: Why We Crave Horror Movies. King states in ¶ #4, “We also go to re-establish our feelings of essential normality; the horror movie is innately conservative, even reactionary.” I used this example because in Dickens’ novel he has some nice details about the settings of the surrounding area where Scrooge works and inside where he lives. Those include: “The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already: it had not been light all day…candles were flaring in the windows of neighboring offices…fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole; and “…lived in the chambers…belonged to deceased partner. They were a gloomy suite of rooms…dreary enough, for nobody lived in it but Scrooge…”. For this to be around Christmas time, it sure seems like a Halloween novel. I believe it was written for those who like a scare.
I love the intimate details that Dickens uses in his writing. I could tell from this stave that he knows how to relay his message of what imagination to have when in-taking his work. He described everything from how Scrooge’s demeanor was to the environment around him, even down to almost being able to feel the aura of all his characters (his nephew included, who was a jolly soul). I look forward to reading more of this novel. It’s a turn-on (in a hungry for good writing kind of way).