Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Hero!!! Doctor Who

Doctor Who’s  A Christmas Invasion episode, the Christmas crawler plot relates to Linda Seger’s Creating The Myth in a hero’s cycle. The Hero in this episode is the Tenth Doctor. When the episode begins the Doctor is introduced as an ordinary man. He collapses in front of his companion/side-kick Rose, her boyfriend Mickey and, mother Jackie. Meanwhile in the following scene while the Doctor is recovering, Rose and Mickey go off Christmas shopping when suddenly they’re attacked. They managed to escape as they were retuning back to the doctor they were attacked once again but, this time by a spinning Christmas tree. To our surprise the Doctor awakens and uses his sonic screwdriver to stop the spinning tree and rescues everyone. During this phase of the episode the Doctor is “taking on obstacle’s”. However, the doctor falls into this “Black moment”- when the hero hits rock bottom. The Doctor passes out and is returned to recovery which is off to bed. While the Doctor is recovering there is an Alien invasion. The invasion is broadcasted by (HAIC) head Alien in charge “Sycroax”. The Alien threatens to kill off half of the earth’s population if the humans did not agree to its commands. The Alien demands that earth be surrendered. At this point in the episode the side-kick rose tries to buy some time while the Doctor regains consciousness. According to Seger’s Hero’s Myth this is the helping stage of the heros journey. Once the Doctor recovers her release the A- blood control but according to The Hero’s Myth this is when “the hero takes charge but their journey isn’t complete”. Then the doctor takes on a challenge with Sycroax in a sword fight. During the fight the Doctor losses his hand and it’s regenerated back and Sycroax is defeated. However, the defeat isn’t over as of yet Sycroax tries to attack the Doctor from behind and right before he strike he is sent plunging down to his death. The Doctor rescue the day but everyone wasn’t pleased with the outcome, one person in particular was the Prime Minister Harriet Jones. Harriet ordered the ship be destroyed, and the Doctor was not pleased with her decision. She reminded him he’s not always around to rescue the earth at all time. Which brings me to the conclusion that maybe he isn’t a hero after all, because according to Harriet he doesn’t follow the Hero’s Myth cycle.



In Doctor Who’s The Unquiet Dead relates to Reading Pop Culture, The Art of Immersion. In this episode the Doctor attempts to time travel to Naples in 1860 however, ends up in 1869 instead on Christmas Eve. Nearby is a funeral parlor owned by a Mister Gabriel Sneed. Lately the corpses have been invaded by some form of gas that at first could not be explained. One particular corpse Mrs. Peace escapes to Charles Dickens Theater where the gas releases its self from the corpse of Mrs. Peace and scares off the entire audience. Dickens is upset with the disruption of his theater and investigates to find out what cause the entire ruckus. At first Dickens accuses the Doctor of all the ruckus, but once the Doctor explains they begin their journey to finding the cause to everything. One they’ve reached the funeral parlor Dickens notice the mysterious blue gas floating about. They soon realize the floating gases are lost souls wanting to be free. These souls belong to an Alien race. The Parlor owner MR. Sneed’s servant girl Gwyneth is the only one who can communicate between both worlds of the living and spiritual Aliens. All the while this is going on Dickens is in denial of what’s actually taking place. He became accepting of it and when the Aliens try to invade the corpse he thinks of a clever way to banish the Aliens for good. By increasing the gas level in the funeral parlor and set it on fire. To destroy the bridge that connected both worlds. What links Doctor Who’s The Unquiet Dead to Reading Pop Culture, The Art of Immersion. Was Dickens acceptance of another spiritual life for other than human.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stave/Annotation Clips

Stave 1/Annotation 1

Stave 2/Annotation 2

Stave 3/Annotation 3

Stave 4/Annotation 4

Stave 5/Annotation 5

Five Annotated Staves of "A Christmas Carol"

Stave 1:
'' I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?"
Annotation 1:
Marley was remind Scrooge that before he died, he himself was a crook and now has to suffer the consequences.  He is reminding Scrooge that they were in on these things together, and Scrooge continued these cruel dealings and will have to suffer also if he doesn't shape up.

Stave 2:
 "His partner lies upon the point of death, I hear; and there sat alone. Quite and alone in the world, I do believe."
Annotation 2: On the verge of his partner dying, he starts to realize that he has no one else for him. 

Stave 3:
"Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and, consequently, when the Bell struck One, and no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling. Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came." 
Annotation 3:
Scrooge is used to getting what he wants, when he wants, hence the debt and interest in a short amount of time with no leeway.  The ghost is teaching Scrooge to be patent, and that the world doesn't revolve around him.  

Stave 4:
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"
Annotation 4:
I like the quote the most because it really shows that Scrooge accepts himself for who he is and realizes he needs to change.  He also starts to realize that he isn't the most powerful person out there and that there are others who can "control him".  

Stave 5:
"He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man possesses the knowledge."
Annotation 5: Let's say in a community everybody has a Mercedes except for one person.  Since it is so common, they don't take such good care of such an expensive thing and don't appreciate it's luxury.  When that last person finally gets enough money to buy a Mercedes, he appropriates it's value and does everything in his power to make sure he gets every little bit of good use and appreciation out of the car.  

Annotations of A Christmas Carol.

Stave 1:
Scrooge never painted out old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door:
Scrooge & Marley
Annotation: Why wasn't Marley's name ever painted in above the door? Scrooge cared for Marley, and never minded actually being referred to as Scrooge Marley. Why not honor his late friend by at least painting his name? Did paint signify happiness, or was Scrooge just too greedy to purchase paint?
Stave 2:
"These are but shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "They have no consciousness of us."
Annotation: Maybe this experience helped Scrooge remember the things that he once cared for. Seeing people pass on the streets without even acknowledging his existence... Maybe he has sight of how it feels to tune out the world. It probably hurts to be taken back in time to a good period of your life and just watching how everything was once at peace in your life. If not hurt, then maybe it strikes the thought of change.
Stave 3:
"It was a remarkable quality of the ghost (which Scrooge had observed at the bakers), that notwithstanding his gigantic size, he could accommodate himself to any place with ease..."
Annotation: How Rude?! *said in my Rudy Huxtable voice* Did he just call him a fat *expletive* and mix it with a compliment?
Stave 4:
"Avarice, hard-dealing, griping cares. They have brought him to a rich end, Truly."
Annotation: Avarice- insatiable greed for riches, inordinate, miserly desire to hoard and gain wealth. Seeing the body of the man laying there lifeless should definitely set all there fear into Scrooge's heart if nothing else has. At this point he can see what shall become of his life. Laying untouched, un-cared for, un-bothered. This shouldn't be a desirable way to be left after life. Seeing joyous reactions to your death should be an immediate lesson about who you are. Citation: American Psychological Association (APA): avarice. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved January 27, 2014, from website:
Stave 5:
"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"
Annotation: This must be a similar reaction criminals give after they commit a crime and the jury decides that they are not guilty. Scrooge can now wave his get out of jail free card high in the air, in spirit of the season and all he has learned.

Revison to first essay : Watching tv makes you smarter

Tiffany Cornier

Professor Benjamin Villarreal

English 24

16 January 2014

The more TV you watch, the smarter you are.                                   

            Reading ,Watching TV Makes You Smarter by Steven Johnson was troubling at first. What really doesn’t help is the fact that I read the essay and analyzed it a couple of hours before midnight, staying up to at least four in the morning to finish it. As I flipped through the pages of Reading Pop Culture, trying to find the most interesting article, this essay seemed to catch my eye because it talked about something we all find interesting, entertainment, especially when it came to the fact that it talked about television in a positive way. While reading the essay, I sat on my bed, shutting off any electronics or forms of communications that would distract me. Especially my IPad , where before I  started reading the article , I was watching all three seasons of Teen Wolf , which had led to me to start my essay later than I expected.  While sitting on my bed and reading the first couple of paragraphs, I started underlining any key information, the many examples that were given by the author and any key points that the author concluded. Eventually I fell asleep reading, halfway through the article, waking up an hour later to read the rest of the text. I also knew that if I read the essay again for the second time that I would find things and see things that I didn’t see before.

            In Watching TV Makes You Smarter, Steven Johnson argues against common opinions in regard to “dumbing down” this generation’s culture, specifically opinions about the entertainment industry (television). In this text Johnson develops a theory, which argues that the pop culture we soak in daily (TV shows), has been getting more sophisticated as the years go on, which makes it far from “dumbing down” today’s generation. Johnson specifies that television now is actually offering new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds sharper.

            Johnson constantly refers to and compares certain shows on television throughout the text. One main example includes the show 24. 24 is a thriller (show) known for its gruesome violence and cliffhangers, where the events of the story are influenced by recent occurrences (etc. post 9/11). The show however is different from any other show, it somehow connects the lives of various characters and different threads that are going on. Johnson states ,For decades we’ve worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a path of declining steadily toward lowest common denominator standards, presumably because the masses want dumb, simple pleasures and big media companies try to give the masses what they want”( 276), meaning that we always determined that the vast majority of society wanted shows that were simple, not complex. In reality, society is getting “cognitively demanding” and wants more shows that are complex because it appeals to them. People like 24 because the action and detail capture the eye of the viewer , but with watching the show you also have to pay attention ,make inferences and keep track of every characters relationship in order to understand what’s going on .  This is where Johnson comes up with the term “Sleeper Curve”, which is where the things that seem most corrupted forms of mass diversion, turn out to be beneficial, because it’s mentally alters the development of the brain and it forces good. 

    Johnson constantly challenges the “idea” that pop culture has deteriorated. The term Sleeper Curve is from the Woody Allen film Sleeper, where the scientists in the movie are astonished that society failed to grasp the nutritional worth of cream pies and hot fudge ( themes are connected). He uses this term to argue against the opinions that promote the deteriorating standards of pop culture. However, Johnson is quick to say that the Sleeper Curve doesn’t imply that popular culture has become superior to traditional culture.

Johnson defends the values of modern pop culture; he argues that television is a "brilliant medium" for telling how skilled people are at understanding social connections. According to Johnson earlier television simplified narratives, while todays trends/shows consist of "multiple threading”. An example of this kind of show would be The Sopranos. Shows like this help improve the audience's cognitive skills by challenging  them with so many details .Johnson says that modern television have decreased the number of "flashing arrows", and require their audiences to do more work(cognitive) like paying attention to background detail and information.

 Work Cited

Johnson, Steven.Watching TV Makes You Smarter.Boston:Bedford/St.Martin, 2013.Print.

Christmas Carol : quotes i will always remeber

Stave 1 :
"Scrooge was his sole executor , his sole administrator , his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee , his sole friend , his sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event , but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral , and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain".

 annotation:   From pre-knowledge of pop culture we all hear of scrooge to be this hag/grump with a nasty attitude , which no one likes. Its hard to believe that he had a friend. Maybe they shared the same kind of lives ? If anything how was the relationship between them ? And why did scrooge not remorse over his best friends funeral. Maybe scrooge already has been through enough to cry.

Stave 2 :
"It was a strange figure -- like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions. Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin. The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength. Its legs and feet, most delicately formed, were, like those upper members, bare. It wore a tunic of the purest white and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful. It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers. But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm."

annotation : this must be the first ghost! what a way to surprise scrooge in the midst of the night. But however this ghost seemed to appear more like an angel with its shining lights rather then a ghost. I mean when I think of a ghost I think of scary and evil. Dickens describes the ghost with such perfection.

Stave 3.
"Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and, consequently, when the Bell struck One, and no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling. Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came."

A ghost running late ? hahaha sounds more like a person if you ask me . I cant believe scrooge waited for these things to come , I would've been scared out of my mind!

Stave 4:
``This is the end of it, you see! He frightened every one away from him when he was alive, to profit us when he was dead! Ha, ha, ha!''

 Did scrooge's death really lead to somebodies happiness. No one should ever be happy that someone died , but his attitude while he was alive did bring grief amongst people that owed him money . Then this had to be a sort of happiness for them , because they don't have to deal with him anymore.

Stave 5:
"I will live in the Past, the Present, and the future! Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this! I say it on my knees, old Jacob; on my knees!''

Annotation :
I'm so happy that scrooge is saying this , this has to change him for the better , to make better choices . Now these vision will live with him forever , where it will always affect his attitude towards people.

Christmas Carol Stave's

Stave One
 Quote: " Up Scrooge went, not caring a button for that: darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it."
Annotation: I found it very funny that someone would suffer in the dark when he had the money to have light. It’s a shame how cheap this guy Scrooge is.

Stave Two
 Quote: "His partner lies upon the point of death, I hear; and there sat alone. Quite and alone in the world, I do believe."
Annotation: This is a sad point in the book when Scrooge realizes that he’s alone in this world because of chooses he made. Scrooge would have had a more joist life if he wasn’t so money hungry.

Stave Three
 Quote: "Spirit, said Scrooge, with an interest he had never felt before, tell me if Tiny Tim will live."
Annotation: Scrooge is now sad to see this innocent kid die in vain. I think his mood changes between the feeling of compassion and sympathy towards Tiny Tim’s struggle, but more so the feeling of empathy if Tiny were to die. I think it hurt Scrooge because he lost those dear to him and he doesn’t want to see that to Bob.

Stave Four
 Quote: "Spirit neither spoke nor moved. But pointed."
Annotation: I found this interesting. I just thought to myself, how is this ghost teaching Scrooge anything by pointing? But I learnt through reading that to see something happen can change your perspective of what you’re doing and how to improve on it.

Stave Five
 Quote:  "He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man possesses the knowledge."
Annotation: It was a very good reading to see a drastic change that occurred from a greedy old lonely man to a fun cheerful man full of life and a new found happiness. It always good to have someone help you out and I can further see this in Scrooge future. Hopefully he has someone to follow in his practices.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Five Staves and Annotations of A Christmas Carol

Stave 1

'' I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you ?"

Annotation 1:

Before Marley died he was just like Scrooge once. He would just collect a ton of money from people and selfishly not use it to help other people or even spend it on himself. He probably didn't know the outcome would end up with him in chains trapped for all eternity, but now he realizes that he did this to himself and he wants to warn Scrooge to change his ways so he doesn't make the same mistake. The last question he asked "Is it's pattern strange to you?" I think he was hinting to Scrooge that he's going to share the same fate and wants to know if he even realizes it.

Stave 2

The Spirit dropped beneath it, so that the extinguisher covered its whole form ; but though Scrooge pressed it down with all his force, he could not hide the light: which streamed from under it, in an unbroken flood upon the ground.

Annotation 2:

Scrooge failed to dim the light and make it disappear completely. After giving up he just fell into a deep sleep. The extinguisher cap covered the spirit's body and light continued to come out of the bottom. What happened to the spirit? It just disappeared before he woke up? The spirit said "My time grows short" but doesn't disappear when Scrooge wants him to. But it doesn't explain what happens when Scrooge gives up and goes to sleep.

Stave 3

"Mr. Scrooge!" said Bob; "I'll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!" "The Founder of the Feast indeed!" cried Mrs. Cratchit, reddening. "I wish I had him here. I 'd give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he'd have a good appetite for it."

Annotation 3:

Bob was toasting Scrooge saying that he's the reason that they have a dinner on the table for Christmas and Bob's wife is basically saying why are you thanking the man and being so grateful. Despite having a dying son, only one day out of the whole year to take off while recieving pay, and having a low salary Bob is still thankful that he is employed by Scrooge. The wife is not so grateful and wants to give Scrooge a piece of her mind but she doesn't know that Scrooge is right there watching and taking in what they are saying. That's why after Scrooge is changed, he decides to give them the biggest turkey ever and increases Bob's salary just so that his son doesn't die.

Stave 4

"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?" For the first time the hand appeared to shake. "Good Spirit," he pursued, as down upon the ground he fe ll before it: "Y our nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!"

Annotation 4:

Scrooge sees that nobody cares for him after he is gone and the only people that come to see him are the people that just steal his stuff after he's dead. They even steal the clothes he's wearing when he's put to rest. Then when he realizes that he's the one that was dead in the bed having his stuff stolen from him, he asks the spirit why he's being shown his death if there's nothing he can do about it. He thinks the spirit is just being sick and demented to torture him before he dies when really he is saying that's his fate if he doesn't change his ways. Then Scrooge realizes he doesn't want that as his fate and becomes nice in the end.

Stave 5

"They are not torn down," cried Scrooge, folding one of his bed-curtains in his arms, "they are not torn down, rings and all. They are here: I am here: the shadows of the things that would have been, may be dispelled. They will be. I know they will!"

Annotation 5:

Scrooge wakes up and realizes that he's not dead and all of his possessions are still there. To him it was like a dream that he knows was real. He's saying that the vision that he did see can disappear because he's going to change himself so that will never happen in the future. He knows they will be dispelled because he knows what he has to do to change his fate and that's just to be generous and nice.

5 Staves Christamas Carol

Stave I :Suddenly, a ruddy-faced young man bursts into the office offering holiday greetings and an exclamatory, "Merry Christmas!" The young man is Scrooge's jovial nephew Fred who has stopped by to invite Scrooge to Christmas dinner. The grumpy Scrooge responds with a "Bah! Humbug!" refusing to share in Fred's Christmas cheer. 

Annotation 1: Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas. Dickens describes him thus: "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice .

Stave II : "'You may -- the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will -- have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it gladly, as an unprofitable dream from which it happened well that you awoke. May you be happy in the life you have chosen!'"

Stave 3:"'he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.'"

Stave 4 :"'Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?'"

Annotation 4:The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come wears a long black robe with a hood that conceals its head. Within the darkness of the hood, Scrooge cannot even see a hint of the ghost's face. Scrooge speaks to the ghost explaining that he is ready to see what the ghost has to show him, but the ghost does not reply. He is now frightened. 

Stave 5: "[Scrooge] went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows; and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk -- that anything -- could give him so much happiness."

Annotations 5: "At first scrooge is greedy and has no heart and he said that all he could think about was his office and his money that was what he could live for. But what he didn't realize all the people around loved him so much. And he hated Christmas so much. But at the end realize that allot of people were there for him and once again he believed in Christmas and promised to have Christmas in his heart."

Five stages

Stave One: "Bah!" and Scrooge "Humbug"

Humbug? What is humbug? Humbug: Deceptive or false talk or behavior.

Stave Two: "A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still."

Scrooge? One reason for not liking Christmas.

Stave Three: "...were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meats..."


Stave Four: "... read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, EBENEZER SCROOGE."

Stave Five: "Come back with him in less then five minutes, and ill give you half-a-crown!"

Devil turns Saint. First step, scrooge changes his attitude

The five Staves of A Christmas Carol

Stave I.
 Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, " My dear Scrooge, how are you ? when will you come to see me ?" No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way such and such a place, of scrooge.

No one ever stopped to look at Scrooge or greet him. Scrooge was just intimidating and he was a cold man. 

Stave II.
"Spirit!" said Scrooge, "show me no more ! Conduct me home. Why do you delight to torture me?"

The ghost of "Christmas past" came to visit Scrooge. This ghost was to connect why his feelings changed from Christmas. Scrooge was trying to run away from problems he did in his past and he couldn't. So Scrooge wanted to go home he didn't want to be bothered.

Stave III.
 Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and consequently, when the bell struck one, and no shape appeared, he was taking with a violent fit of trembling.

Now that Scrooge was visited my the second ghost, he did not know what to expect next. Scrooge was scared to see what was next to come his way.

Stave IV.
This pleasantry was received with a general laugh. "It's likely to be a very cheap funeral," said the same speaker; "for upon my life i don't know of anybody to go to it. Suppose we make up a party and volunteer ?"
"I don't mind going if a lunch is provided,"

Scrooge gets a reality check from " The ghost of Christmas future".Scrooge seen how people didn't care about him, and that he will have a cheap funeral. The speaker said they doubt anyone will go to it, and only go if food was being served.

Stave V.

Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and the little heeded them ; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset ;and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it was quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as the malady in less attractive form.

Scrooge is back to reality and he is a changed man. The people weren't adjusted to this new Scrooge so they laughed. He let them laugh and Some people didn't laugh but he understood why, from his and their experience.

Its All About Transformation!

Quote #1: Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas..External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. (Stave 1)
Why is this description of scrooge so overblown? Why so many details explaining his coldness? why cant it just say that he was a cold hearted miser?
Quote #2: "Spirit!" said Scrooge in a broken voice, "remove me from this place."
"I told you these were shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "That they are what they are, do not blame me!". "Remove me!" Scrooge exclaimed, "I cannot bear it!". He turned upon the Ghost, and seeing that it looked upon him with a face, in which in some strange way there were fragments of all the faces it had shown him, wrestled with it."Leave me! Take me back. Haunt me no longer!"(Stave 2)
When I Read this It reminded me of what I learned in psychology -A flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. Experiences can be happy, sad, exciting...
Scrooge couldn’t bear seeing all the events that happened in his past and just wants to escape out of the situation he cant deal with it.

Quote #3: It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove; from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone. Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty's horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge, as he came peeping round the door. (Stave 3)

Sounds like a whole magical makeover of the room is going on here reminds me of the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition when they reveal the new house and rooms they had built for needy families.

Quote #4:"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!" (Stave 4)

This is one of the quotes I love. It Portrays a Great lesson  that although you can make mistakes in your past, present and future you can always learn from them too.

Quote #5: Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.”(Stave 5)

This quotes makes me think of his transformation from being a person who dosen’t like people to being a family guy. One of the most important lessons Scrooge learned was the importance of family.

Five Phrases From The Christmas Carol

Stave one.
" A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you" cried cheerful voiece. It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.


stave two.
when the chimes of a neighboring church struck the four quaters. So he listened for the hour.

To his astonishment the heavy bell went on from six to seven, and from seven to eight, and regularly up to twelve; then stopped.

What in the world is this? I was so confused, I thought I was going crazy because I couldn't figured out what time it really was. I found out that it was only one whole night at the very end of stave five.

Stave three:
So Martha hid herself, and in came little Bob, the father, with at least three, hanging down before him; and his thresdbare clothes derned pu and brush, to look seasonable.


Stave four:
I was shrouded in a deep black garmnet, which concealed its head....


Stave five:
He turned it gently, and sidled his face in,round the door.



a peak into the works of "A Christmas Carol"

stave 1
Annotation 1:
"The air filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went."
I folded the page because when reading this and imagining it as i continue reading just gave me the chills up and down my arms.

stave II
Annotation 2:
" He was endeavouring  to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters."
I underlined ferret eyes because i did not understand what was meant when reading the sentence. I looked it up online and found out it means the red circle around the eyes. i wouldn't blame him for looking like that if i were in his position.

stave III
Annotation 3:
"This boy is ignorance.This girl is want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow i see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased."
I thought this was of importance because it shows the truth especially what is said about the boy. being ignorant is a bad trait to have because it leads to bad. I was searching the web for a video about ignorance and this is what i found. It looked really cute and also showed how ignorant people can be.

stave  IV
Annotation 4:
"He left the room, and went up stairs into the room above,which was lighted cheerfully, and hung with Christmas. There was a chair set close beside the child, and there were signs of some one having been there, lately. Poor Bob sat down in it, and when he had thought a little and composed himself, he kissed the little face. He was reconciled to what had happened, and went down again quite happy."
Marking this page i felt was of importance because i felt so bad for the scene that was taking place. Poor Bob must have been so devastated by losing the child and the way he would go upstairs and sit near the corpse just left me feeling sad.

stave V
Annotation 5:
" Bob trembled, and got a little nearer to the ruler. He had a momentary idea of knocking Scrooge down with it; holding him; and calling the people in the court for help and a strait-waistcoat."
I couldn't stop laughing when reading this sentence so i folded the page so i wouldn't forget where it was i found it from. Bob was not used to something like this happening that it was so absurd for him to hear that he thought knocking  him out would do the trick.