"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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England - are occasional saved fragments of past, condemned to be forgotten, to die. In the meaning of historical contradiction and in a concrete direction of his sympathies, Washington Irving is older than Dickens, Charles for one generation. Many things, here, have not lost its utopian elements of the XVIII century, and there is much influence of artificial archaic of conservative romanticism.

Typical that Irving describes old knights armour in old house or under the vault of Westminster Abbey, in more natural atmosphere for it, but in Charles Dickens creative activity we will find them already in the Old Curiosity Shop, where they are adapted to new form of life and turned from the objects of superior honor to the objects of the purchase and sale. Both of these writers are connected by the moral-hedonistic aim of their creative activity. Washington Irving is not purposed to show the right way by the sermon, but just to entertain and cheer up.

Moral value of his stories arises naturally. He ends his Christmas series with these words Significantly more pleasant to be appreciated than to teach, to be in a role of the companion than to be a teacher if I accidentally succeed to smooth just a wrinkle on somebodys anxious face and to make ones aggravated with sadness heart to forget all the evil and sufferings just for a time if I can disseminate the hatred of people to each other, help them to look at the world and human nature with happy sight and to inspire people with more optimistic treatment to themselves and to their relatives and family, so, it means that I writings were not vain. Charles Dickens in his Sketches by Boz , he continues an idyll line of .

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