"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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Christmas stories started by Washington Irving. As like as Irving, in Charles Dickens stories the theme is not about the religious ideology, but only specifics which found for itself special symbolics of social philosophy. However, Dickens had the same gentle feelings to Christmas, as Irving, and similarly considering this holiday as source of spiritual reconciliation, have strength fighting to each other, and possibility of their conciliation in other conditions, in a condition of modern bourgeois society transferring the contradictions seen by him to the real class circumstances, he orientates to the truly existing struggle and sympathizes forces that really takes forward.
K. J. Fielding - A Critical Introduction, London, revised edition 1966, pp.
78-86 True, real, democratic Dickensian views to life creates realistic and progressive basis of his creative activity even in his Christmas stories. This clear social orientation of Christmas theme was absent in Dickens early creative works. It became possible in that stage of development of Dickens as a writer, when the realistic nuances of his creative activity began to prevail on the utopian ones.
Three Christmas stories in 1843, 1844 and 1845 Christmas Carol in prose, The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth testifies of a mature mastership and quite determined views of an author to the bourgeois reality. These sentimental stories about involving of all people to the world of fair and mutual support are the basic differentiating character of the poor man in a contrast with the rich man, as to the philosophy of Dickens. Christmas evening - is the time when the unexpected miracle, changes, and reconciliations .Скачать