From Charles Dickens' beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, comes this quote. " I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, and I am as merry as a schoolboy....A merry Christmas to...

From Charles Dickens' beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, comes this quote. " I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, and I am as merry as a schoolboy....A merry Christmas to everybody!"

Interpret?

Asked on by asteer2

1 Answer | Add Yours

mizzwillie's profile pic

mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted on

In the story A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens sets out to teach the world he lives in about poverty, treating children with love, and suggesting that we all could learn from Ebeneezer Scrooge.  This quote is from the last stave of the story, after Scrooge has been visited by all three ghosts, and has seen his future if he stays on the same path.  When he wakes in the morning, he throws open the curtains as if opening his world to the good news he now knows--that he can change his life now and change the ending of his life.  After dropping the heavy burden of being Scrooge where he carried all the hurts and slights against him as part of his baggage, this quote illustrates his feelings now.  He is now light as a feather without that burden, he is happy as an angel would be with the change to goodness, light and charity, and the merry as a schoolboy means that he has gone back to being the happy boy he once was, that all children are at Christmas time.  He is now wishing that everyone have a wonderful Christmas, not just those with money, but all those people who exist in this world,rich or poor.  He truly shows his changed life here, and showing us that we too can be as happy as he now is.

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,915 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question