Christmas Carol : Scrooge ("Covetous, old sinner!" ("…
Christmas Carol : Scrooge
"Covetous, old sinner!"
"covetous" - adjective - Scrooge is greedy
"Old" - adjective - scrooge has been like this for some time
"sinner" - Noun - scrooge's deeds are against the divine law and are immorally wrong - many people were religous in those times so they would see this as wrong
scrooge is a miserly and mean character who only cares about money.
"Hard and sharp as flint"
simile - tough and unbreakable - going to be hard to change his ways
"solitary as an oyster"
simile - lonely -oyster shells are hard and tightly closed - oysters contain pearls - scrooge has good qualities hidden deep inside- take a lot of force to open his hard, brittle shell
"no warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him"
Wind is metaphor - scrooge is immune to his surroundings and people
"Nobody ever stopped him in the street"
Nobody would come in contact with him in the street
Nobody on the streets would ask him "how are you"
Scrooge is ostracized by his society
"Warning all human sympathy to keep its distance"
Acts like an outsider and therefore is treated like an outcast
Wants to "edge his way" along life, avoiding engagement with anyone
Scrooge is portrayed as unfeeling
Dickens repeatedly refers to the cold when describing scrooge
scrooge has a "frosty rime on his head"
"foggier yet, and colder. Piercing, searching, biting cold"
Represents how cold and unfeeling scrooge is