Imagery in A Christmas Carol

Imagery Examples in A Christmas Carol:

Stave One 1

"Upon its coming in, the dying flame leaped up, as though it cried, “I know him! Marley's Ghost!” and fell again...."   (Stave One)

Instead of having Scrooge shout this statement, Dickens personifies the dying flame doing so instead. The words combined with descriptive action ("leap up") creates a mental image of a dying fire suddenly jumping to life and announcing the arrival of the spirit.