A Christmas Carol       
 
        My creative component represents all the staves put into one clouded picture. In the right hand corner, the drawing is of Scrooge and Marley’s store with surrounding shops and buildings that is supposed to be the first stave. The old-fashioned timepiece pointed to one o’clock represents the Ghost of Christmas Past, the gift represents the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the digital clock represents the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The last and final stave is shown at the bottom represented by coins and presents. Swirls and curved lines lead you on a trail to the next stave. Intertwined with the swirls are words that represent what each stave is about and symbolize the feelings that pass through Scrooge as he witnesses what the spirits bring upon him.
    
        I have also put drawings of objects that summarize what happens in A Christmas Carol, though sometimes not directly dealing with Scrooge and his three spirits. For the first stave, I put in a small picture of the world because the book mentions that Marley had been traveling around the world since the time of his passing. In the second stave the stars are there because Scrooge tries to make himself believe that Marley’s spirit was all a dream, that his warning wasn’t real. The ringing bell symbolizes when Marley says, “…Expect the first to-morrow, when the bell tolls one.” I have also put a drawn curtain for the sentence, “The curtains of his bed were drawn aside, I tell you, by a hand,” on page 18. There is a lone book for when Scrooge and the spirit visit his old school he went to when he was a little boy, all alone on Christmas Day reading about Ali Baba, Valentine, and Orson. Above the volume is a nightcap meant to be Scrooge’s because along the journey he is wearing just that and his nightgown. The last object I have put in stave II is a crown with light shooting up from it. It signifies the sentence, “…that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible,” describing the Ghost of Christmas Past.    
        For my perception of stave III there is a bowl of, “bright gleaming berries,” (page 32) glistening with mistletoe and holly in his changed room. A ringing bell with a number one is in place because Marley’s ghost had said, “Expect the second on the next night at the same hour.” Bowls of mashed potatoes, pudding, apple sauce, and gravy that represent all that was going on at the Cratchit’s house on Christmas Day. A ship symbolizes that they went to sea; a lighthouse is on the piece because Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present saw the two cheery men watching the light and making a fire at a lighthouse. I drew shovels scooping up rocks and mud because they saw miners having a joyous time in their huts. That showed Scrooge that even though they had to work extremely hard to earn little money, they still had happiness and love radiated from within their home. Throughout the section, it is snowing only because it was mentioned there was snow on the ground and above.     
        In the section for the second to last stave there is a grave with EBENEZER SCROOGE printed on it covered with dirtied snow and dead flowers; forgotten. In a corner there is money standing for the talk between the two wealthy businessmen discussing Scrooge’s belongings and properties. A bell with a twelve is set surrounded by stars and a moon for when Marley warned Scrooge, “The third upon the next night when the last stroke of twelve has ceased to vibrate.” The rain symbolizes the awful passing of and tears shed for Tiny Tim. Between the fourth stave and the last, there is an old fashioned clock. It implies that Scrooge has learned he is running out of time, that he cannot waste a second more of his life bothering with hate and unhappiness. He wants to leave that life with a good reputation filled with giving to others, helping his neighbors, and raising a workers’ salary in a time of need.     
        And so for the fifth and final stave, I have put at the end presents and coins representing the gifts Scrooge has given to people on Christmas Day. To show that Tiny Tim lives because of Scrooge’s sudden change of spirit, I have put a big heart across from a pile of falling coins. To help, Scrooge raises Bob Cratchit’s salary, lends a hand to his struggling family, and pays for all the medical help needed for Tiny Tim. Off to the side there is a big plump turkey that Scrooge anonymously sent to the Cratchit’s with the coin Scrooge gave to the young boy who bought it for him. There are quotes I thought fit in this piece as well.

         My "Dickens Project" was part of a creative arts assignment where my class would read A Christmas Carol then choose to either create an artsy composition with a written component or recreate A Christmas Carol with your own twist. I chose to do a creative piece with a drawing and a page length written component. This has been by far my favorite project because I love how I got to combine literature and art into one collaboration. My drawing is one part I did well, although it was at times difficult and there are signs of lines being erased all over the page.
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