A perennial favorite of audiences of all ages, A Christmas Carol is a classical tale of a miserly old man who finds himself confronted with his present, past, and future. In this confrontation, Scrooge is uncomfortable with much of what is shown to him; consequently, he resolves to reform.
In order to describe his characters, especially Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens employs certain literary devices. Here are some:
Metaphor (unstated comparisons):
- "But he [Scrooge] was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone"
- "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!"
- "A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin."
Simile: (stated comparisons using "like" or "as")
- [Scrooge is] "Sharp as flint"
- "Solitary as an oyster"
- "Candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air."
Alliteration: (repetition of initial consonant sounds)
- "No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him." /w/
(The entire section contains 4 answers and 700 words.)