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Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol
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Oral presentation on A Christmas Carol

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The oral presentation I did for English class

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  • Introduce self and book
  • Plot summary: Just a story about Christmas?
  • Thesis: A Christmas Carol uses Scrooge’s experience to illustrate a more general moral
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    • 1. The Message ofA Christmas Carol Tamiga Patterson Engl 1013 Betty Mealy May 9, 2012
    • 2. What is A Christmas Carol about?• Scrooge’s transformation• “Spirit of Christmas”• Importance of friends, family• Just a Christmas story? Original illustration, reproduced on charlesdickenspage.com/carol
    • 3. The Bigger Picture• Dickens was making a point about life in general, not just Christmas• How do we know? – Evidence from the story itself – Arguments from critics – Quotes from Dickens about the story Picture from law.marquette.edu
    • 4. The story itself• Set during Christmas, but many events are not related to Christmas – Why Christmas? – “A kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time” – People would be receptive to the actual moral• Warning against Ignorance and Want• Description of Scrooge at the end
    • 5. Critical Assessment• Horsman: Dickens’ Christmas books on “moral regeneration” (119)• Glancy: Pattern of Christmas books (62)• Johnson: “*S+ymbol and allegory” (86)
    • 6. Dickens’ Own Words• Dickens’ first fully- planned, cohesive novel• Inspired by the Sermon on the Mount (Glancy 57)• Aimed to “awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season *italics added+” The preface to the original edition, reproduced on (qtd. in Glancy 59) charlesdickenspage.com/carol
    • 7. What was the moral?• Be kind and loving all year long• Learn from the past to change the present and future• If Scrooge could change, anyone can – “May that be truly said *…+ of all of us! And so *…+ God Bless Us, Every One!”
    • 8. Works Cited• Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York: Creative Education Inc., 1990• Glancy, Ruth. Student Companion to Charles Dickens. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.• Horsman, Alan. The Oxford History of English Literature: The Victorian Novel. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.• Johnson, Edgar. “A Christmas Carol Criticizes England’s Economic System.” Readings on Charles Dickens. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1998. 86-93.

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