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What are five symbols that appear in A Christmas Carol?

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Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:42 AM via web

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What are five symbols that appear in A Christmas Carol?

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fezziwig | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 14, 2010 at 12:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are few symbols in A Chirstmas Carol.

1. The three ghosts are very symbolic; they represent Scrooge's life in the past, present, and the future.

2. The light from the Ghost of Christmas Past is very symbolic of the truth, and the truth it reveals is that Scrooge's past Christmases were mostly filled with loneliness.

3. The Ghost of Christmas Present symbolizes all the joy and generosity of Christmas which is very evident by the mound of food it is sitting on when Scrooge meets him, and by the torch it bears which bestows blessings upon poor meals the most.

4. The chain around Marley's waist is symbolic of his greed and misplaced values in life, as well as his penance.

5. The hearth in the Cratchit's home as well as "fire" which is prevalent throughout the entire Carol are strong symbols. The hearth symbolizes love and family, and the fire represents hope, human compassion, and the Christmas spirit

6. Scrooge is a symbol of the Victorian aristocracy who viewed the poor as a scourge upon the earth and thought the world would better if they died, as Scrooge alludes to in the Carol.

A Christmas Carol is full of symbols, and these are but a few of them. By the way, recognizing symbols is part of the enjoyment of reading, so have some fun by looking for some of your own.

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