A Christmas Carol Characters at a Glance

A Christmas Carol key characters:

  1. In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is a penny-pinching miser who cares more for his money than for those around him. He undergoes a dramatic transformation after a visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

  2. Jacob Marley is Scrooge’s deceased business partner who comes to visit him as a ghost. He shares his guilt at living a selfish life and advises Scrooge to change his ways.

  3. Bob Cratchit is a loyal assistant to Scrooge and a loving father. His youngest son, Tiny Tim, is crippled.

  4. The Ghost of Christmas Past wears a white tunic and flowers and travels back in time with Scrooge to his more hopeful childhood.

  5. The Ghost of Christmas Present is a loud, jovial spirit who shows Scrooge how those in his life are enjoying Christmas without him.

  6. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come wears a black robe and silently takes Scrooge on a tour of the misery that befalls him and Tiny Tim unless Scrooge changes his ways.

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, Scrooge’s jovial nephew.


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

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