"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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The Haunted Man. Mr. Redlaw, a kind but melancholy man, isolated.
His many professional accomplishments cannot compensate for the great betrayal of his life, when the woman he loved was wooed and wed by his best friend. One night, Redlaw is haunted by his own ghost, who agrees to strip Redlaw of his painful memories. The ghost throws in an added bonus everyone Redlaw meets also will lose their bad memories.
The gift causes havoc in a family of poor but loving villages, because the loss of memories of past pain robs them of the ability to emphasize. The only person unaffected by Redlaws strange power is a street urchin. Because the boy never has known kindness, he is never developed a capacity for compassion.
Redlaw begins the ghost to remove his curse, but is told that only Milly, the wife of Redlaws servant and the embodiment of unselfish love, can cure the villagers. Milly goes visiting the villagers memory return, and harmony prevails. Redlaws regains his own memory when he forgives the man who wronged him.
Dickens is obsessed with the theme of memory, and the effect that childhood experiences have on adults. Both Scrooge and Redlaw grew up poor, but became successful after years of hard works. Their accomplishments left them vaguely unsatisfied, just as Dickens achievements couldnt exorcise the pain of his early years.
He revisited his traumatic childhood again and again in his novels. Many people have had worse childhoods than Charles Dickens, Epstein wrote. Few have profited by them as much.
The Haunted Man is more psychological than the preceding novellas. The idea of the divided self is embodied by Redlaw and his ghost, and Redlaws self-loathing when he infects others with his disease expresses a common idea among those who are depressed - that the people they love would be better off without them. How he struck his contemporaries in these early years appears in .Скачать