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What 16 objects can I use to tell A Christmas Carol exclusively through symbols?

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litek | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 2:35 PM via web

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What 16 objects can I use to tell A Christmas Carol exclusively through symbols?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:36 PM (Answer #2)

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Here's what I'd use:

  1. one lump of coal (or a rock painted black) to symbolize how stingy Scrooge is with the heat
  2. a pair of moth-eaten knitted gloves to represent poor Bob Cratchit
  3. a door knocker
  4. a long chain (for Marley)
  5. a clock set at 1:00
  6. a holly branch (for the 1st spirit)
  7. a bunch of flowers (for the 1st spirit)
  8. an old school book to represent young Ebenezer
  9. a ring to represent his lost love
  10. a bowl full of nuts and fruit and candy (for the 2nd spirit)
  11. a sprig of mistletoe and a length of ivy (for the 2nd spirit)
  12. a crutch
  13. a homemade Christmas ornament to represent the Cratchit family
  14. an old suit coat with pockets turned inside out
  15. a black or grey hoodie (for the robe of the third spirit)
  16. a Christmas card signed "Merry Christmas! Ebenezer Scrooge"

If you have flagstones in your yard, you might use one of them to represent a tombstone.

I hope this helps!!

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litek | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM (Answer #3)

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Could someone plese give me a symbol for the third spirit Christmas yet to come?

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litek | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 4:33 PM (Answer #4)

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Here's what I'd use:

  1. one lump of coal (or a rock painted black) to symbolize how stingy Scrooge is with the heat
  2. a pair of moth-eaten knitted gloves to represent poor Bob Cratchit
  3. a door knocker
  4. a long chain (for Marley)
  5. a clock set at 1:00
  6. a holly branch (for the 1st spirit)
  7. a bunch of flowers (for the 1st spirit)
  8. an old school book to represent young Ebenezer
  9. a ring to represent his lost love
  10. a bowl full of nuts and fruit and candy (for the 2nd spirit)
  11. a sprig of mistletoe and a length of ivy (for the 2nd spirit)
  12. a crutch
  13. a homemade Christmas ornament to represent the Cratchit family
  14. an old suit coat with pockets turned inside out
  15. a black or grey hoodie (for the robe of the third spirit)
  16. a Christmas card signed "Merry Christmas! Ebenezer Scrooge"

If you have flagstones in your yard, you might use one of them to represent a tombstone.

I hope this helps!!

Oh this is wonderful! Thank you so much!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2011 at 6:09 PM (Answer #6)

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What a neat idea!  I would choose these:

1) Scrooge: penny

2) Marley: chain

3) Ghost of Christmas Past: candle

4) Belle: locket (I chose this because we often keep the picture of someone we loved but no longer have in a locket)

5) Fezziwig: punch glass

6) Ghost of Christmas Present: cornucopia (you can make one from a basket)

7) Bob Cratchit: quill pen

8) Tiny Tim: crutch

9) Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: skeletal hand

10) Scrooge's death: headstone

11) Fred: music

12) Scrooge's transformation: turkey

13) Christmas: wreath

14) Letting man's spirit walk among his fellow man: show

15) Reminder of redemption:  tiny chain bracelet

16) Charles Dickens: guitar (because he was a rock star)

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