From Charles Dickens's 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.

From Charles Dickens's tale A Christmas Carol, this quote includes a string of similes that convey Scrooge's newfound hope following the departure of the final spirit. Scrooge believes that it is possible to change the terrifying future that he has been shown through a change in character.

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This quote comes at the beginning of the final stave, and Scrooge has spent time with three different spirits who represented his past, present, and future—as well as the spirit of his old friend Marley. Each spirit has endeavored to provide lessons to the miserly Scrooge which will help transform him into a different man.

Scrooge is still wet with tears from pleading with the final ghost, the one who showed him his own tombstone. Scrooge has just finished begging this final spirit to acknowledge that it is possible for him to "change these shadows [the ghost has] shown [him], by an altered life." The ghost dissolves, and Scrooge is back in his own bedroom.

And he is relieved.

Scrooge is convinced that he can both alter his future and become the man he needs to be:

The shadows of the things that would have been, may be dispelled. They will be. I know they will!

In his relief, hope begins to grow as he starts to consider a new future. This is where his diction falls into this string of...

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