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A Christmas Carol:book and film adaptation Alexandra Parra Barker Pablo Pitarch Safont
CONTENTS• Introduction• Biography• Literary Style• Book information• Film information• Differences• Discussion
INTRODUCTION• A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens• A Christmas Carol (1984)• Why this topic?
BIOGRAPHY• February, 7 1812 in Porstmouth, England• Work at Warrens Blaking Factory.• Bad parenting.• Newspapers reporter → Boz
BIOGRAPHY (II)• First real success → The Pickwick Papers.• He wrote complex novels at an outstanding rate. (e.g. Oliver Twist)• He also read his works aloud.• He died on June 9, 1870
BIOGRAPHY (III)• He was one of the best and most popular writers in history.• His works have been screened, at least 200 times.• He wrote approximately 20 novels, large amount of short stories and some non-fiction, poetry and plays.
LITERARY STYLE (I)• His writing was designed to “fill space”• Lots of repetition and long lists• Rhythmic and designed to be read aloud• Many of his characters are either hilariously comic or heart-breakingly sentimental
LITERARY STYLE (II)• Houses to symbolise the people who inhabit them• Dives straight into stories to capture attention• Mixture of fantasy and realism• Marking of the separation between privileged and under privileged
LITERARY STYLE (III)• Descriptions: – Satire, flourishing his gift for caricature was his forte. – Eye for detail – Powerful adjectives and metaphors, imagery, personification, similes... – Presenting people, surroundings and weather in ways to reinforce each other – Exaggerations – Development of arresting names
LITERARY STYLE (IV)• Marcus Stone (Our Mutual Friend) recalled that the author was always “ready to describe down to the minutest details the personal characteristics, and life history of the creations of his fancy.”• Dickenss public readings revolutionised the literary world.
BOOK INFO• Written in 1843 by Charles Dickens• Summary: – An old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when 3 ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.• Main topics: – Chritstmas, charity, rich vs. poor, change, repentance, etc.
CHARACTER LIST• Ebenezer Scrooge• Jacob Marley• The Portly Gentlemen• Fred• Cratchit family: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim• The Ghost of Christmas Past• The Ghost of Christmas Present• The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come• Fezziwig• Belle• Fan
FILM INFO• TV release 1984• 100 minutes• Director: Clive Donner• Writers: Roger O. Hirson (based upon the book by Charles Dickens)• Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay and Angela Pleasence
SETTING CHAPTER ONE• In the book the men asking for money go to his office, in the film they meet at a party.• In the book the carol singers are outside Ebenezers workplace.• In the book he has dinner in a tavern.• In the book Scrooge sees the carriage in his house, but in the film he sees it in the street.
SETTING (II) CHAPTER THREE• In the book there is a voice callin Scrooge only once, when he is next to th door; but in the film this still happens whe he is on the bed.
SETTING (III) CHAPTER FOUR• In the book, before visiting Bobs house, they visit another family.
CHARACTERS CHAPTER TWO• In the book, the first ghost is reduced to child proportion and also changes form, in the book does not.
PLOT CHAPTER ONE• Change in the presentation of Marleys death.• The time in which the third spectre is expected changes.
PLOT (II) CHAPTER TWO• There is something weird with time in the book that is not appreciated in the film.• Scrooges repentance.• The film introduces the time when Scrooge felt in love and the fact that his father hold a grudge against him because her mother died in labour.
PLOT (III) CHAPTER THREE• In the book, Ebeneezer prepares for the coming of the second ghost.• Change in the order of visits (Bob, nephew, homeless vs overseas)• In his nephew house they play different games.
PLOT (IV) CHAPTER THREEIn his agony, he caught the spectral hand. It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it. The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him. Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantoms hood and dress. It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost” (FICAR VIDEO)
PLOT (V) CHAPTER FIVE• In the book, Ebenezer cries, but in the film he does not.• In the book he shaves, in the film he does not.
DISCUSSION• Why the changes? – Maybe because of time. – To make it more attractive to the public. – Impossibility of the year for recreating some effects.