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.Know More
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 about Literature
There were two significant reasons why Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol." The first was the fact that his latest book was not selling and led him into serious financial trouble. The second was a visit to the industrial city of Manchester in 1843, where he saw the plight of the poor and felt the need to comment on the wide gap between them and the rich.Full Answer >
The four ghosts who appear in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens are Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. All four visit Ebenezer Scrooge within the span of a few hours.Full Answer >
A literary text is a piece of written material, such as a book or poem, that has the purpose of telling a story or entertaining, as in a fictional novel. Its primary function as a text is usually aesthetic, but it may also contain political messages or beliefs.Full Answer >
In the book "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, the carmagnole is a rambunctious and violent dance performed by throngs of people in the streets. The dance symbolizes the violence of the French Revolution and is performed to a song called "La Carmagnole."Full Answer >