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In Stave II of "A Chistmas Carol", what does the light represent/stand...

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bsimone94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2008 at 2:09 AM via web

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In Stave II of "A Chistmas Carol", what does the light represent/stand for/symbolize?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 8, 2008 at 2:19 AM (Answer #1)

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I have always read the light as being representative of love and caring for others.  Remember how Scrooge is bothered by it and requests the spirit to pull his cap down on his head further so the light would be extinguished?  The spirit becomes upset and offended, but at this point in Scrooge's "growth", he is not yet ready to open up completely to the love and emotions that having friends and family surround you during the holidays bring.  He is ready to squash it or "turn it out" as he has done in his earthly life so far.  This is why the spirit becomes so upset and angry with him...one, the spirit wants to bask in that light (it is beautiful and warm), and two, Scrooge isn't learning much when he continues along the same path he has always traveled.

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aebear97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2010 at 4:02 AM (Answer #2)

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We are currently reading the book and my Pre-AP reading teacher said that the light symbolizes truth...Hope this helps:)

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