Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
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, Scrooge’s destitute clerk. Although overworked and underpaid by Scrooge, Cratchit still retains his goodness and generosity.
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, 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.