Instead of using the word chapters, which divides a piece of writing in a book, Charles Dickens used staves to signify that the novel was a carol in prose form. In music, a stave or staff is the series of horizontal lines and four spaces and is the archaic form of a verse of stanza in a song.
In the book "A Christmas Carol," each stave or chapter represents a different story. Dickens wrote each chapter in a form of Christian allegory of redemption about Christmas and used the word stave to remind readers that he created the book with carols in mind. The renowned writer also used the same musical scheme in his other Christmas books. In "The Chimes," the books are divided into "quarters," which represent the quarter chimes of a striking clock. He divided "The Cricket in the Hearth" into chirps. The first line of "The Cricket in the Hearth," which was "The kettle began it!" was inspired by the opening of Sir Alexander MacKenzie's operetta, which started with a kettle coming to a boil.
Dickens is reportedly a music lover and enjoyed the music of Mozart, Chopin and Mendelssohn. He wrote a few ballads and songs himself, including "The Ivy Green," which can be read in the "Pickwick Papers." In 1836, Dickens was inspired to write an opera libretto titled "The Village Coquettes." He also had ties with the Royal Academy of Music.Learn More
"The Crisis" by Thomas Paine focuses on the concept of establishing a sovereign American nation free of British tyranny. Printed at the turn of the Revolutionary War, this collection of articles contended that the British wanted to express powers reserved only for God and that it was the duty of all colonists to stand against their oppressors. It is also referred to as "The American Crisis."Full Answer >
A story's setting is comprised of the time, place, culture and environment that serve as the background. In some cases, the setting also serves as an important aspect of a story's plot.Full Answer >
In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," Sheriff Heck Tate was trying to protect Boo Radley when he insisted that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife. Boo killed Bob Ewell, but the sheriff believed Bob's death was natural justice, and wanted to keep Boo out of the court proceedings.Full Answer >
The poem "Democracy" by Langston Hughes is about the importance of attaining and fighting for democracy. The narrator emphasizes that it is something men and women have a right to, and should feel empowered to achieve. By living in the U.S., democracy is a freedom that the narrator is entitled to, and should not have to wait for.Full Answer >