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Christmas Carol Analysis

It is hard to believe that there is anyone on the planet that hasn't heard of the story "A Christmas Carol". Although it isn't hard to believe that people do not realize that there are differences between movies and novels. In this case, that fits right into that subject. Here are some of the differences between the movie and the novel.

One minor difference in the movie was that the Ghost of Christmas yet to come has a hand of skin. Not a hand without skin that was wrote in the book. I think that this makes a difference though because it doesn't show a big impact on the story. I think Charles Dickens put the skinless hand in his story to give his story a "chill-factor". I don't think that the director of the TNT version of A Christmas Carol thought that it was a big deal or a big impact to the rest of the story. Another difference between book and movie is that Scrooge doesn't go to church at the end of the story. I think it makes a big difference though, because it shows how much Scrooge has changed since the three spirits came to visit him. It shows a "before-and-after" effect which I think made a big impact on the story. The last significant change between the book and the movie is that when Scrooge follows the Ghost of Christmas yet to come, he ends up falling into his grave. This is significant because Scrooge gets to meet the old Scrooge and gives him a slap in the face of reality of what's going to happen if things don't change. Its ironic too because it's the new Scrooge that wakes up on the bed in the morning.

The first character that I am going to talk about is Belle. Her physical appearance after she ended Her and Ebenezer's engagement was painful. She walked away looking like she had left her heart with Ebenezer and was hoping that he would come after her. I think that the actress did a very good job expressing the depression, pain, and heartbreak that she felt towards her and Ebenezer's break-up. In the movie, she made her character come to life by making the audience feel what she was going through. She expresses this by coastally looking back at Ebenezer and through her facial, and body expressions.

The second character Im going to focus on is Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim in the book was described as a child, who was disabled from birth. His family in the book and movie, was described and shown as being very poor, due to Bob Cratchits (father) job. Scrooge also can contribute to his families poverty. The actor showed that no matter how poor anyone was, that Christmas can be a good thing. Tiny Tim and his family showed that you don't have to be rich to have a Merry Christmas, you just have to have your family and friends to share the holiday with.

The third characters that I want to talk about is Ignorance and Want. Ignorance and Want's appearance resembles to society of the present time. When Scrooge sees them, he is horrified and the Ghost of Christmas present explains to Scrooge that the boy is Doom, and ignorance is what dooms a society. When Scrooge sees want, he has the will to start helping everyone out. The young actor and actress do a very good job representing the poor back in that day. They are dirty, having ragged clothes on, and are covered with dirt. Those are the factors that make Scrooge realize he needs to start helping out.

The final character is the Ghost of Yet to Come. The appearance in the movie compared to the book was slightly different. In the book, the Ghost had

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