Study Guide

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Ebenezer Scrooge

Ebenezer Scrooge, a grasping, covetous, flinty old pinchpenny. With his pointed nose, shriveled cheeks, and stiff gait, he is repulsive to all his acquaintances. Drop by drop, he has squeezed all vestiges of humanity from his shriveled soul.

Bob Cratchit

Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s destitute clerk. Although overworked and underpaid by Scrooge, Cratchit still retains his goodness and generosity.

Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s youngest son. Tiny Tim, crippled and frail, seems doomed to an early death unless there are improvements in the family fortunes. Weak in body but not in spirit, he does not die; instead, he lives to enjoy the generosity of a regenerated Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past, With a strong beam of light streaming from his head, this is the first of three phantoms who are to attempt the difficult task of converting Scrooge.

The Ghost of Christmas Present

The Ghost of Christmas Present, A huge, jolly figure, this specter, bearing a glowing torch, takes Scrooge to many homes, among them Bob Cratchit’s.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, This is the most fearful sight of all. Shrouded in black, this ghost conducts Scrooge to many cheerless scenes, including a view of his own neglected grave.

Jacob Marley

Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s former business partner, who appears to him in spectral form. In life, he had been as ruthless as Ebenezer; in death, he is compelled to wander far and wide searching for spiritual salvation.

Fred

Fred, Scrooge’s jovial nephew.

Fezziwig

Fezziwig, Scrooge’s former employer, a prosperous man of good will, whom he sees with the aid of the Ghost of Christmas Past.

A Christmas Carol Characters

Belle
Belle is Scrooge's old girlfriend. Years ago, she broke her relationship off with him because she felt that he...

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A Christmas Carol Themes and Characters

Because A Christmas Carol is essentially a morality tale, its characters are only superficially developed so that the emphasis falls...

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