Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companion Workbooks provide student-friendly support for a range of popular GCSE set texts. Each write-in workbook offers a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text, covering characters, themes, language and contexts. Each workbook also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides advice on assessment and sample student exam answers. This workbook covers A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
A Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge
Charles Dickens' all-time classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts "each in its turn" who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation. The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be." In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Crachit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.
Oxford Literature Companions offer student-friendly support for GCSE set texts. This full colour guide to A Christmas Carol is ideal for use in the classroom or as revision, providing insight into characters, themes and contexts, together with activities designed to prompt a closer analysis of the writer's language and techniques.
Mr Scrooge is a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favour. And I hope you'd never be so foolish as to wish him a 'Merry Christmas'! Scrooge doesn't believe in Christmas, charity, kindness - or ghosts. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he's been... BACKSTORY: Learn all about how the author Charles Dickens invented Christmas!
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward. This finest of all Christmas stories is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Rackham's superb line drawings.
The miserly Scrooge is content with his life until he receives some unusual visitors one Christmas Eve. Charles Dickens' famous ghost story takes us on a journey through the life of one man in Victorian London. Retold by Jenny Dooley.
Charles Dickens's much loved tale of the Christmas spirit is beautifully presented in this deluxe newly illustrated edition. Contemporary artist and illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova has created enchanting watercolour artwork to accompany Dickens's classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future-evoking the magic of a Victorian Christmas, while at the same time infusing this timeless text with a touch of modern-day whimsy. With gilded page edges and a satin ribbon marker, this lavish keepsake volume is tomorrow's cherished family heirloom; an essential Christmas treasure to read around the fire, under the tree, or after the plum pudding year after year.