How is A Christmas Carol different than other novels?

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I think that all works of literature are different from one another. I think that Dickens' work possesses a sense of purity an authenticity that distinguishes it from other works of literature.  There is an overwhelming transformation and redemption that Scrooge undergoes.  It is a stunning example of how personal recognition and acknowledgment can lead to change.  At the same time, the work reflects how private guilt can lead to public redemption.  It is very telling that Dickens composes a work that is extremely private, yet also is one that is public.  Scrooge's own private demons and understanding of self culminates in something external and for the benefit of others.  The work is extremely poignant in this regard.

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