The christmas carol

An Art Perspective

"They sought to interfere, for good in human matters, and had lost the power forever." (Dickens, 28) This picture shows dead trees, and mourning people. To me, this is how spirits, who have not used the life they were given for good purposes, feels. Dark, despair, and death.
"Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it." (Dickens, 17) This picture is dark and almost evil with the fire. It shows Scrooges selfishness with money. Scrooge would rather be in the darkness, burning, then use money to provide light and happiness.
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it." (Dickens, 23) This picture shows a chain in representation of the chain we build in life. Sometimes that chain is really long and heavy, but sometimes it is only one link. It depends on what we did in this life, for what we do in this life matters because life is a stepping stone, not a skipping stone.
"Not to know that no space or regret can make amends for one life's opportunities misused!" (Dickens, 25) This picture shows a man in great despair and regret. Life is full of opportunities, some are taken advantage, others are thrown away. But what ever we do with the opportunities granted our way, we must understand that we can not make amends in the next life. Right now we have to take it or leave it, and we can't change what we decide. Choose wisely!
"I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you." (Dickens, 50) This picture shows a skeleton surrounded by money. This is a perfect description of Scrooge and money. Greedy, selfishness, and gain can engross us and take over. It can make it so that money is all we want, all we care about, and all we desire. It plucks us one by one until all we have left is bones, and we are "dead."
"When it was mad delight to the boys to see the snow come plumping down into the road below, and splitting into artificial little snowstorms." (Dickens, 62) This picture shows snow on rooftops falling down. The town was so poor and destitue, that watching snow fall off rooftops and blow in the wind was delightful for the children. It is important to not take advantage of what we have, for what we are blessed with. To enjoy the falling snow with mad delight.
"There was nothing very cheerful in the climate or the town, and yet there was an air of cheerfulness abroad that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavored to diffuse in vain." (Dickens, 62) This picture looks very gloomy and sad, but also peaceful and relaxing. When you look at the mountains and the reflection of light that makes the snow look blue, it gives an air of cheerfulness. Even though the trees look gloomy, the mountains beyond seem to let off cheerfulness.
"Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown." (Dickens, 67) This picture shows a fairly nice gown, but also looking well worn. To me it is worth recognizing that even-though the Cratchits didn't have very much, it was still important that they were dressed up as nice as they could afford.
"The ways were foul and narrow, the shops and houses wretched, the people half naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly." (Dickens, 98) This picture is some what dark and dreary with the rain pouring. Although it doesn't have ally ways, it is very sad. This quote describes what some places in London were like, and how some people were experiencing life. Unfortunately, even if not to this degree, we still have people who can't feed their children, live on the streets, and are dressed in rags. We must remember to help others as much as Scrooge must remember.
"Come back with the man, and I'll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes and I'll give you half a crown!" (Dickens, 118) Although Scrooge didn't literally mean half a crown, this picture shows how much back then half a crown was. How fast the boy was off, and how exhilarated Scrooge was after offering the pay. How needed and desired half a crown was to just a boy running down the street.
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