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T4-E-022-A-Christmas-Carol-Scrooges-Transformation-Lesson-One-Pack. GCSE_English_Literature_for_AQA_A_Christmas_Carol_Teachers_Resource_Free_Online. Teaching 'A Christmas Carol'. Illustrated by Ronald Searle, in Life Magazine, 1960. Reading a classic novella like ‘A Christmas Carol’ is tricky for our teenage students. Yes, they have likely heard of Scrooge and seen a film adaptation or three, but when faced with the actual text and the world of the story, with its antiquated social context and complex vocabulary, it proves a difficult challenge. After last teaching ‘A Christmas Carol’ seven years ago, I have the good luck to return to it this year. As I re-read the famous ghost story parable, text marking it ready for teaching, my young daughter commented how the words made the story nearly inscrutable to her (“I don’t understand – it’s really hard” were her precise words).

It is easy to recognise many of the more challenging terms in the novella, but when you take time to mark the text to find the difficult language you recognise the linguistic barriers students face. (The original hand written opening page of ‘A Christmas Carol’) Ghosts in A Christmas Carol. The ghosts in A Christmas Carol are by turns comic, grotesque and allegorical. Professor John Mullan reflects on their essential role in developing the novel’s meaning and structure. There had been ghosts in literature before the Victorians, but the ghost story as a distinct and popular genre was the invention of the Victorians. Dickens was hugely influential in establishing the genre’s popularity – not only as a writer but also as an editor: his journals Household Words and All the Year Round specialised in ghost stories, and other contemporary journals followed.

Dickens’s close friend and biographer John Forster said that the novelist had ‘a hankering after ghosts’. Not that Dickens exactly believed in ghosts – but he was intrigued by our belief in them. In A Christmas Carol (1843), the first of his ghost stories, he harnesses that belief by making the supernatural a natural extension of the real world of Scrooge and his victims. The terrible and the comic Allegory and morality. Juvenile crime in the 19th century.