Assingment 5_Scholarly Article.docx - ENG LIT 0365 Response#5 Scholarly Article Dickens A Christmas Carol In Dickens and Dance in the 1840s Goldie

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ENG LIT 0365 Response #5: Scholarly Article_ Dickens A Christmas Carol In Dickens and Dance in the 1840s , Goldie Morgentaler explores how the enthusiasm for dance in 1840s Europe served social, cultural and literary functions. Particularly, Morgentaler focuses on how Charles Dickes’ Christmas novels, most foremost A Christmas Carol , explores dance in a social and literary context. She first explores Dickens’ social commentary using dance by exploring the significance of the Fezzwigs’ ball dance scene in A Christmas Carol . Morgentaler then surmises that Dickens not only uses dance as a tool for social commentary, but also as a literary tool to bridge the gap between movement and literature. The author notes that Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is widely believed to be a response to the extreme depravity of 1840s England. Dickens originally hoped to write a pamphlet called “An Appeal to the People of England on Behalf of the Poor Man’s Child, (256), but instead wrote A Christmas Carol , to highlight the plight of the poor. The ghost of

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