By Hildegard Hofmeister

In our English lessons at the FOS/Pfennigparade we were dealing with a variety of different projects some features of which are described here. Next year we would like to go to a theatre performance directed by the American Drama Group in Munich. Among those performances there is one play repeatedly shown most brilliantly and fascinating due to magnificent actors: CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens we worked on in our last lessons
before Christmas.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), an English writing novelist, was especially interested in the so-called social questions of the nineteenth century. He wanted to make his readers feel sympathy for people being underprivileged and discriminated, suffering from extreme poverty that – to a great extent – was caused by the negative back side of the medal, known as the Industrial Revolution.

In his literary work he used lots of metaphors and images to describe human beings and for painting picturesque landscapes and objects. Dickens focuses on positive and negative aspects of social life: warmness, helpfulness, solidarity …/ selfishness, discrimination, humiliation, isolation, loneliness, ego-centricism …

Having produced a modern interpretation of Charles Dickens‘ Christmas Carol (1843) Mr Bean alias Rowan Atkinson rejects to accept an idyllic end featured with harmony and fairy-tale-wonder.

Being a cynical comedian he doesn’t believe in someone’s sudden changing from being extremely wicked and tricky, selfish, ego-centric, humiliating degraded persons and groups in society – to a social personality structure within seconds or minutes … just because of being ever so afraid of having to suffer as a tortured soul in hell forever, after death.

Walter Leder