litanalysisfinal) - English-2000 20 December 2006 Lit...

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English-2000 20 December 2006 Lit Analysis FINAL Part I: As defined by M.H. Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms , a parable is, “a very short narrative about human beings presented so as to stress the tacit analogy or parallel, with a general thesis or lesson that the narrator is trying to bring home to his audience. The parable was one of Jesus’ favorite devices as a teacher…” (p. 8). There are many references to biblical texts and theological themes in A Christmas Carol . The theological themes are almost implied in the title of the text. Jesus’s birthday was on Christmas and Dickens makes many comparisons and parallels to biblical texts and teachings according to Christian doctrine. The temptation of Scrooge is avarice. Scrooge is a very greedy man who is bitter, spiteful, and devoid of feeling. The tale is a “genesis” and rebirth of Scrooge. It is the creation of a new, improved, better Scrooge who is a better man for what all of the ghosts teach him (Scrooge v.2). This is why this can also be viewed as a conversion narrative as a different interpretation. Abrams also notes on conversion narratives and the ability to convert, “ conversion in which he discovers his Christian identity and religious vocation (p. 23). “In the passage, “What! Exclaimed the Ghost, ‘ would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give.’” The reference to “light” is also a reference to the bible, specifically the new testament preaching a benevolent God. The “light” of God, the “light” of the son and the trinity. The ghost is bestowing his light upon Scrooge like Jesus or God would upon one of his disciples. The light of Christ is also referred to “the Light of the world.” The parallels and references to
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Thompson the bible are very easy to distinguish for the reader and for a reader when Dickens was writing in the post – industrialist era, many people were Christians and very read in the verses of the bible. The audience of Dickens was in a sense ready and able to understand his parallels to the bible very easily. Dickens teachings for his audience was then, in a sense, very accessible to the reader because they were so well read in the teachings of the
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 2000 taught by Professor Nugent during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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