By Charles Dickens

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One of the best-loved and such a lot quoted tales of "the guy who invented Christmas"-English author Charles Dickens-A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched hundreds of thousands of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge hasn't ever met a shilling he doesn't like. . .and infrequently a guy he does. And he hates Christmas so much of all. whilst Scrooge is visited by means of his outdated accomplice, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas previous, Christmas current, and yuletide but to come back, he learns everlasting classes of charity, kindness, and goodwill. event a real Victorian Christmas!

A miser learns the real that means of Christmas while 3 ghostly viewers evaluate his prior and foretell his destiny.

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Reimagining Religious Extremes While the first verse paragraph of “Satire 3” identifies religious devotion with the courage to abandon secular pursuits in order to fight traditional Christian enemies, the second paragraph identifies it with the courage to seek true Christianity in a world of warring, state-imposed sects. Those who simply accept one of the national churches provide Donne with satiric examples of how not to seek true religion. Some of the satiric portraits have Juvenalian models, but their careful arrangement recalls Horatian depictions of opposite deviations from the mean rather than Juvenal’s looser mode of progression.

He claims that the Christian’s fear of God is in fact “greatest courage” [summa . . 17). Adapting Lactantius’s point, Donne identifies the fear of damnation with “great courage” (ll. 15–16) and claims that the truly courageous, God-fearing man dares to confront the most terrifying things, the “foes” of God, the infernal triad of the devil, world, and flesh that the poet proceeds to describe (ll. 33–42). In a paradox asserting that “only Cowards dare dye,” Donne argues from the Aristotelian premise that courage is a mean between recklessness and DONNE AND THE PERSONAL MEAN 25 cowardice to a radically non-Aristotelian conclusion.

A further pun reenforces Graccus’s self-serving suppression of crucial distinctions. ” Donne’s elegy “On his Mistris” uses the pun when he begs his beloved not to follow him as a disguised page and not to “change / Thy bodies habit, nor mindes” (ll. 32 The pun on “habits” undercuts Graccus’s love of all churches: while the dressing of a church or woman may not matter, their “divers habits” in the sense of divergent dispositions define them as good 30 CHAPTER ONE or bad. The names Phrygius and Graccus clarify Donne’s attitude toward their positions.

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