A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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How does Dickens present family in A Christmas Carol?

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In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens presents a number of perspectives on family, from the love that the Cratchits show one another, to the distance between Scrooge and Fred. The Ghost of Christmas Past reminds Scrooge of the importance of family when he takes Scrooge back to his life as an isolated young child. Scrooge was away at boarding school, alone, until his younger sister Fan comes to retrieve him and sheds light on Scrooge's early familial experience. When she comes to bring him home, she says

Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home’s like Heaven! He spoke so gently to me one dear night when I was going to bed, that I was not afraid to ask him once more if you might come home; and he said Yes, you should; and sent me in a coach to bring you.

Here we learn that even though family can be tender, as is the case with the Cratchits, it can also be toxic, as it was between Scrooge and his father. However, Fan and Scrooge had a wonderful relationship, and this instance...

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