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What are 16 symbols that you can use to tell "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens?The...

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litek | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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

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What are 16 symbols that you can use to tell "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens?

The symbols are things that you can find in your home. Things that represent the story and you can tell the story using just those symbols. Like a door nail for "Marley was as dead as a door nail" which is important. The symbols have to go in order stave 1 -5. 3 of the symbols need to be a representation of the three ghosts.This would help a lot thanks a million for anyone who gives me a wonderful answer.

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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. a Bible opened to the nativity story in Luke
  15. an old suit coat with pockets turned inside out
  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 | eNotes Newbie

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 | eNotes Newbie

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. a Bible opened to the nativity story in Luke
  15. an old suit coat with pockets turned inside out
  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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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM (Answer #5)

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I forgot that one! How about a black or gray hoodie to represent the spirit's robe?

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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) Fezzywig: 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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