Juxtaposition in The Christmas Carol

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A rude, crude, cold-hearted man, that’s what Ebenezer Scrooge (the protagonist in the novel, A Christmas Carol) was. He didn’t have the compassionateness to smile, much less to donate to charity! Oh! But he was … Hard and sharp as a flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire, secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait, made his eyes red … He carried his own temperature always about him; he iced at his office in the dog days; and it didn’t thaw one degree at Christmas. (Dickens) After his extremely transforming journey, Scrooge becomes a new man! His warm-heartedness, the glow, is almost feel-able. Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs! (Dickens) The imagery, the sensory language is amazing in these “scenes”! Dickens also juxtaposes cloudy and clear. At the beginning of the novel, A Christmas Carol, it’s very foggy outside. Inside, Ebenezer Scrooge is sitting with his clouded thoughts in his misty mind…. The fog came pouing in at every chink and keyhole…the fog and darkness thicken so that people ran about with their flaring links…(Dickens) After his journey, Scrooge is feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Inside, his mind can finally think clearly, and outside, the sky is clear and perfectly cloudless. Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear bright, jovial, stirring sunlight; heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh glorious! Glorious! (Dickens) Of course, the fact that it was cloudy outside before scrooge’s journey and, clear after (like his mind) is or is not purely coincidental is to remain
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