Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past
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It flickers like a candle and seems to reflect the fact that Scrooge's past behaviour can be redeemed.

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The ghost is not solid and is also calm and gentle in the way it communicates with Scrooge. The Spirit gazed upon him mildly.

Its gentle touch, though it had been light and instantaneous, appeared still present to the old man's sense of feeling. The words ' mildly ' and ' gentle ' give us the overall sense that the ghost is well-meaning.

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The ghost does not speak much , but answers Scrooge's questions with brief replies. When Scrooge asks the ghost what its business is that evening, the response is short and to the point. This ghost does not waste words! Although the spirit is ephemeral and gentle, it is also commanding. It put out its strong hand as it spoke, and clasped him gently by the arm.

According to Dickens' novel, the Ghost of Christmas Past appears to Scrooge as a white-robed, androgynous figure of indeterminate age.

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It has on its head a blazing light, reminiscent of a candle flame, and carries a metal cap, made in the shape of a candle extinguisher. The ghost is often portrayed as a woman in dramatic adaptations of the story:. After showing up in Scrooge's house, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes his hand and flies with him over London. It first shows Scrooge his old boarding school, where he stayed alone, but for his books, while his schoolmates returned to their homes for the Christmas holidays.

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The spirit then shows Scrooge the day when his beloved younger sister Fan picked him up from the school after repeatedly asking their cold, unloving father to allow his return, as she joyfully claims that he has changed and is now kinder than he was. Next, the spirit shows Scrooge a Christmas Eve a few years later in which he enjoys a Christmas party hosted by his first boss, Mr.

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Fezziwig, a kind and loving man, who treated Scrooge like a son, and was more compassionate to him than was his own father. Scrooge did not ask Belle to end their engagement, but he did not fight to keep her. Finally, the spirit shows him how she married and found true happiness with another man.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past or The Spirit of Christmas Past is a fictional character in the work A Christmas Carol by the English novelist Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to Christmas scenes of Scrooge's boyhood, reminding him of a time when he was more.

After this vision, Scrooge pleads with the spirit to show him no more, to which the spirit replies: Angered, Scrooge extinguishes the spirit with his cap and finds himself back in his bedroom, the time on the clock not having changed. Various adaptations have added to the history shown by the Ghost. For example, in a film version of A Christmas Carol , the spirit shows Scrooge an encounter between him and his unloving father, in which his father tells him that he has arranged an apprenticeship for young Scrooge, and that the boy's much longed-for homecoming is only to last three days.

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Retelling A Christmas Carol: When he asks the spirit to show a single person who feels sorrow over his death, he is only given the pleasure of a poor couple who rejoice that his death gives them more time to put their finances in order. There were critics of the book. Wikisource has original text related to this article: University of California Press. While the public eagerly bought the later books, the reviewers were highly critical of the stories.

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