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A Christmas Carol

» Dr Shelley O’Reilly

ISBN 978-1-86478-154-0

The Neap smartstudy® English text guide to A Christmas Carol comprehensively analyses Charles Dickens’s arguably most beloved classic. Miserly Scrooge is awakened by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future who endeavour to imbue his cold, greedy heart with the spirit of love and goodwill. Dickens’s direct, humourous voice extols the virtue of selfless giving and the true spirit behind Christmas. This cultural masterpiece holds an important lesson for all.

Key features:

  • notes about the author/director/poet/playwright
  • an overview of the historical and cultural context
  • chapter/scene/story summaries
  • character profiles
  • analysis of themes and genres
  • critical perspectives of the text
  • key quotations
  • focus questions in each section
  • marginal notes explaining key passages, ideas, terms and characters
  • a guide to planning and writing an essay
  • sample essays with annotations
  • further exam-style essay questions
  • a bibliography and further reading section
A Christmas Carol


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