Hey guys! For my first entry on the student pages, I decided to do something that was already discussed in class….but it’s not my fault that Ms. Rumford keeps taking all of my ideas!! :P

Here's the wondrous passage I've chosen:

“'I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I girded it on of my own free will and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?
Scrooge trembled more and more.
‘Or would you know,’ pursued the Ghost, ‘the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have labored on it, since. It is a ponderous chain!’” (21)

Vocab….

Gird—to surround; enclose
Ponderous—oppressive

This is what I got from this passage. Feel free to send me an email with your comments and suggestions!

When the Ghost refers to the chain, he is talking about how he was a greedy, mean and selfish man. He says that he wore it by his own free will because he knew that he was selfish and greedy, but didn’t do anything about it and kept acting the same way. He also asks Scrooge about it. When the Ghost says that, he is saying that Scrooge is just like that as well, and like the other spirits that later visit him, he wants to show Scrooge what he has become and wants to help him change so he doesn’t ruin his future.
The Ghost also mentions something about the chain being there for seven years. One of the things that I don’t like about this book is the way that sentences are structured and the words that are used in the passages, which is why I chose to do this student page. Anyway, what the Ghost was saying was “look, I’ve got this big chain, but I died seven years ago and you carried on being selfish and greedy so yours is going to be so much longer!” So, I think I’ve covered it all. I should totally write a modern day Christmas Carol! Like I said before, email me with your questions, suggestions or even complaints! :D


-- 213patchishere (I’m sure that you’ve all figured out who I am though…)



Week 3 Student Page

“’Spirit! Are they yours?’ Scrooge could say no more.
‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!” cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand toward the city. ‘Slander those who tell it! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bid the end!’

Slander- Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation. (American Heritage Dictionary)


In this passage, Ignorance and Want are represented as children. When the Spirit says that they are Man’s, I think he means that every man is packed with the feeling of wanting and is ignorant of something. The Spirit also says that “Doom” is written on the boy’s brow. By this, I believe he is trying to say that if Ignorance is not denied and defeated, mankind is doomed, and we should be wary of both Ignorance and Want, but mostly Ignorance.

As I read this, I wondered why the Spirit would have shown Scrooge these children. Maybe Scrooge has ignorance as well. He is ignorant of the happiness around him, and has forgotten how to enjoy himself and laugh. I also think that the Spirit was trying to show Scrooge what was holding him in his ignorance and save him before it was too late to turn back



Week 4 Student Page

"It was shrouded in a deep black garment which concealed, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded"(83).

Dickens goes on to explain what Scrooge says to the Ghost and that the Spirit rarely moves or says anything, but still shows Scrooge what is going to happen to him.



I think that the Spirit was dark and kind of creepy because Dickens is trying to show us that if Scrooge doesn't change soon, he will be doomed and no one will miss him or mourn for him. The Spirit might even be representing death or doom itself and is showing Scrooge that he belongs to him now. I found it really interesting that this ghost was so different from the first two ghosts in the book. While the others were happy and seemed to have light and hope or maybe even wealth around them, this one was sad, frightening and unmoving. I think that this was a good symbol to represent the certain doom for Scrooge. Also, even though Marley said that the spirits were going to help Scrooge, this spirit seemed to be the one that cared the least about Scrooge. He seemed so uncaring that I thought that he would sooner do harm to Scrooge rather than help him. I found it very interesting how Dickens portrayed this ghost.

--213patchishere


"'If he wanted to keep 'em after he was dead, a wicked old screw,' pursues the woman, 'why wasn't he natural in his lifetime? If he had been, he'd have somebody to look after him when he was struck with Death, instead of lying gasping out his last there, alone by himself.
'It's the truest word that ever was spoke,' said Mrs. Dilber. 'It's judgment on him.'
'I wish it was a little heavier judgment,' replied the woman, 'and it should have been, you may depend upon it, if i could have laid my hands of anything else...'"



This part describes three people gathering together and talking about a dead man and some items that they stole from him. When I first read this, I was a little confused about what was happening. Like with all the other ones, I read it over and over again and this is what I came up with:
I think that all the people there had stolen from Scrooge after he died because Scrooge was so rich and stingy, but they didn't have as much money as him, so they thought that it would be fair to take some of Scrooge's money. They also talk about how he was alone when he died because no one was there to care for him. The people didn't seem to feel sorry for him, so they probably didn't care too much for Scrooge because he had been so greedy and selfish when he was alive. One woman even said that Scrooge deserved an even heavier judgment than death, which means that Scrooge was probably really horrible before he died.

I think that this was something really harsh that the Ghost showed Scrooge. He learned that nobody cares for him and that the people feel that it is even fair to go so far as to steal from him. Even though this was difficult for him to watch, this was something that probably was key in changing Scrooge's personality. He really learns that he has become a miser and that nobody will be there to mourn for him. If I were him, I would have definitely changed because I wouldn't want to have people stealing from me and saying cruel things about me after I died.


-213patchishere


'I don't know what day of the month it is.' said Scrooge. 'I don't know how long I've been among the Spirits. I don't know anything. I'm quite a baby. Never mind. I don't care. I'd rather be a baby. Hallo. Whoop. Hallo here.'

I couldn't really find anything that needed much explaining, so I chose this passage because I laughed when I first read this because Scrooge is SO different and it just made me laugh when he seemed so giddy and weird. I was shocked at how big of a change Scrooge went through, and I think that this creates a good ending. I think that everyone else was happy with this ending as well; everyone is happy in the end. Who wouldn't like it? Well that's all I have to say today! Bye guys! :P

--213patchishere