Quotes and paragraphs would really help guys thank you! I've done this for the first part of A Christmas Carol where his nephew walks in, I need some more help after that stave.
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These attitudes are shown throughout the story. We see Scrooge's nephew Fred embrace Christmas while Scrooge begrudges Christmas. We see Scrooge's old boss Mr. Fezziwig provide Christmas cheer to his employees. There is really something in every scene of the play. Unfortunately, this is only a short answer space.
This is just the intoduction of the essay!
Conventionally, Christmas is the most important festival celebrated by Christians as it remarks the birth of Jesus. Dickens, who was living in a highly religious Victorian society, exposes the attitudes towards Christmas as overly positive through the character of Fred, Scrooge's nephew, despite not having the basic necessities, unlike his miserly uncle. Dickens uses the characters of Scrooge and Fred in Stave 1, as vehicles to explore the experiences and emotions from different class people in the Victorian society as, he too did not have many privileges growing up in a poor household. He further explores how the poor appreciate and are grateful for all they have and are happy in their little lives, whereas the rich, represented by Scrooge, become overly miserable and are not grateful for what they have, making them less likely to be happy in life with monetary wealth, not moral wealth. The audience would find Fred's attitude towards Christmas as surprising as he is poor and cannot afford to celebrate Christmas with all the opportunities, despite this, he carries on with a positive aspect and claims that Christmas is "sacred", which were the main beliefs in the Christian society in the Victorian period.
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Now just pick 3/4 quotes from the extract, the novella as a whole and the contrasting paragraph:) The conclusion is basically the same as the introduction but sums up your main argument.
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I was doing this question as homework right now so this was a quick brainstorm of ideas.