A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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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...

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!"

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This quote comes from the final chapter, or stave, of the novella. As far as the story arc goes, this occurs during the denouement of the story, the falling action. At the end of the previous stave, the climax was reached. Scrooge, upon seeing his tombstone, comes to terms with his own end—that he was the miserable, unloved, friendless wretch he had seen lying on the bed. He determines to "change these shadows . . . by an altered life." 

In Stave 5, he awakes on Christmas morning, thrilled to be alive. He realizes he has been given a second chance, the chance to be a better man. He rejoices, and this series of similes he blurts out is the way he expresses his feelings. Hopping about and dancing in his nightshirt, he makes four comparisons to describe his emotions: 

  • light as a feather: the weight of his guilt for how he has treated people and the fear of his lonely death have vanished, so he now feels light.
  • happy as an angel: since angels are perfectly good and dwell with God, they must be...

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