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Discuss the theme of ''redemption'' in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

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Redemption can be defined as the action of saving or being saved from some kind of sin or evil. It is a frequently used term in the Christian faith because it refers to the work that Christ did and will do. As such it is usually a spiritual term; however, that still fits with this story because Scrooge is brought through a massive change due to the work of the spiritual realm. He is visited by a total of 4 ghosts that help him see how his life has become extremely unloving. They also show him the consequences of such a life, and Scrooge wakes up a transformed and redeemed character who uses his Earthly blessings to improve the lives of the people around him. Scrooge is no longer full of sinful selfishness. He also benefits by becoming a much more loved individual who also, once again, learns to love others.

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The theme of redemption is the whole point of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol ."  Ebenzer Scrooge -- a name that has become synonymous with an angry temperant and excessive thriftiness...

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