A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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What is the setting of A Christmas Carol?

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A Christmas Carol is a 1843 fictional novel written by famed English writer and critic Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge—a selfish, greedy, unkind, and uncaring miser, who despises Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that he will be visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. After the ghosts show him how everything truly is and what awaits him if he doesn't change his ways, Scrooge realizes that life is all about love, joy, friendship, and family, and he transforms into the kindest, most charitable and most loving person in the city (who also now happens to adore Christmas).

The novel is set in Victorian England, in the city of London, during the 1800s. Dickens often criticized the Victorian era in...

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A Christmas Carol is set in a poor section of London, England, during the Industrial Revolution (1800s).

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