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A Christmas Carol

Ignorance and Want are perhaps the most blatantly allegorical figures in A Christmas Carol. Collectively, they represent the conditions of the poor: wretched, hungry, and unable to pull themselves...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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Scrooge is a rare example of a character who can be considered flat yet dynamic. He undergoes a complete transformation, finally becoming the exact opposite of who he was at the beginning of the...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2021, 9:22 am (UTC)

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This statement reveals a couple of things about Scrooge. First, it reveals his cold-heart; he would rather see the poor people die instead of helping them, and by dying, they would be doing a...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010, 11:43 am (UTC)

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In the second chapter or stave of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Past, and he is transported back in memory to times of both joy and sadness. Scrooge sees...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2021, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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In stave 2, "The First of Three Spirits," of Charles Dickens's classic novella A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Past guides Ebenezer Scrooge through memories of the important people in his...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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Ignorance, the boy, can be interpreted as symbolizing the ignorance that keeps the poor, in Victorian England, poor. Without education, what chance can they have of bettering their situation? If...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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It could be suggested that there are multiple themes to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dickens’s story, of course, is about a miserly old businessman living a solitary life whose every...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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Jacob Marley, like his former business partner Scrooge, was exceptionally good at his job. He was an astute businessman with a keen eye for making a profit. Unfortunately, business took over his...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 10:35 am (UTC)

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In A Christmas Carol, Dickens shows two perspectives on positivity and happiness. There is, initially, Scrooge's perspective as he interacts with much more positive characters throughout the text....

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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When the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge a meeting he had as a young man with his fiancee, Belle, she is in the process of breaking off their engagement. She says that "another idol has...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2017, 3:17 am (UTC)

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In stave 3, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present, who takes him to the Cratchit household in the poorest section of town, where the family is celebrating Christmas dinner. Dickens...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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As Scrooge watches, Fred and his wife host a group of friends for a Christmas party. He sees them laughing in a warm, cozy room as they talk about Scrooge's opinion of Christmas. It's clear that...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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In stave 3, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present. When he sees the very large spirit, the narrator says that Scrooge looked at it “reverently,” which is quite a contrast from the...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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One way that Dickens presents a sense of joy and celebration is through the use of exclamation points. In this passage alone, Fezziwig's speech includes ten exclamation points, and these all help...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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The quote epitomizes Ebenezer Scrooge for what he is—a stingy, self-serving person who loathes parting with his money, for whatever reason. He is so mean that he will not offer a dime to anyone, no...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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Scrooge complains that it is not "convenient" or "fair" for him to be expected to give his employee a day off for the holiday of Christmas. Scrooge claims that the clerk, Bob Cratchit, would...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020, 2:31 pm (UTC)

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In Stave 3, "The Second of Three Spirits," of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present have just left a children's Twelfth Night party—which...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2020, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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The Ghost of Christmas past takes Scrooge to a poignant memory in his childhood, reminding him of the Christmas when he was "neglected by his friends" and it seems (at least at first) by his...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 10:52 am (UTC)

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Although Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge's now-deceased former partner in the firm of Scrooge & Marley, gives Scrooge one specific warning in stave 1 of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol—“I am...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Before the spirits visit Scrooge, he is busily working when men stop by to collect charity for the poor. Scrooge dismisses their efforts and refuses to contribute to the cause, telling the men that...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021, 10:52 am (UTC)

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Rather than focusing entirely on Scrooge's shortcomings, let's take a look at some of his strengths. For example, Scrooge is scrupulously honest. Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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The moral of The Christmas Carol is that society can be transformed for the better through generosity, empathy, and compassion. Scrooge has forgotten how to feel for his fellow humans. He is so...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2020, 10:49 am (UTC)

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Dickens tells us that "Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it." The "and" is significant. Dickens doesn't say "Darkness is cheap, so Scrooge liked it." There are, instead, two parts to Scrooge's...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018, 11:53 am (UTC)

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First, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge into the city of London. They see the dark houses with the sooty windows, and despite the meager living conditions of the residents, there is "an...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020, 2:12 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the first stave, Scrooge attempts to put out the Ghost of Christmas Past's light by taking the extinguisher cap by force and pressing it down on the ghost's head. Scrooge's effort,...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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Dickens establishes from the beginning of the novel that Scrooge’s character is defined by its self-imposed isolation and estrangement from the individuals closest to him, and from any ciivic...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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Scrooge is shaken up when the ghost shows him a vision of Belle surrounded by her loving, happy, and boisterous family on Christmas Eve. He notes that his former love has a lovely daughter who...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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In stave 2, "The First of the Three Spirits," of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey into the past—Scrooge's past—which begins with...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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The main message of A Christmas Carol is the importance of love, kindness, and generosity. At the beginning of the story, Ebenezer Scrooge has become a bitter old shell of a man with no compassion...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020, 11:16 am (UTC)

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The Cratchits have a meager Christmas feast that includes only potatoes, gravy, applesauce, and a modest goose heavily filled out with sage and onion. This is followed by the Christmas pudding, a...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Belle decides to break things off with young Ebenezer Scrooge because of his single-minded obsession with making money. This is the moment in Scrooge's life when he started becoming the mean,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 10:56 am (UTC)

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Fezziwig is the employer whose long-ago Christmas celebration the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge. As the ghost and Scrooge watch, Mr. Fezziwig throws a generous and lively Christmas feast...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 10:43 am (UTC)

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While the word "greed" doesn't appear in Charles Dickens's classic novella A Christmas Carol, the theme is certainly present in the story. The word "greedy" appears once, referring to Scrooge when...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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Ebenezer Scrooge is well-known as the "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner" of Charles Dickens's classic novella A Christmas Carol. "Hard and sharp as flint" he...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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Scrooge's eyes are well and truly opened by the sight of the Cratchits' homelife. Although they don't have two brass ha'pennies to rub together—largely thanks to Scrooge's incorrigible...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2021, 10:33 am (UTC)

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come—sometimes known as the Ghost of Christmas Future, despite not being referred to as such in the text—is arguably the scariest and most serious spirit that visits...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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Poverty is a critical theme embedded across A Christmas Carol, as is society's blindness towards the suffering of the poor. This blindness is an attitude that is practically incarnated in the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 3:19 am (UTC)

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When the Ghost of Christmas Present says these words to Scrooge in stave 3, he is actually quoting Scrooge himself from earlier in the novel, in stave 1. When the two gentlemen came to Scrooge's...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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The famous novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells of a cold-hearted miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who dislikes Christmas and refuses to socialize during the holiday. On Christmas Eve,...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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Using the supernatural Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present allows Dickens to show us Scrooge's youth and his present day without descending into simple exposition or having to use the first...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017, 11:37 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2017, 3:32 am (UTC)

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Scrooge seems to feel that Christmas is a time when people behave more irresponsibly with money than they do during the rest of the year. In the first stave, he says to his nephew, Fred, "What’s...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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Marley's Ghost first appears on the surface of Scrooge's knocker when Scrooge arrives home on Christmas Eve. Scrooge is puzzled at first by the appearance of Marley's face on his knocker but...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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Ebenezer Scrooge, the central character in the novella, faces internal conflict that drives the plot. Although he used to enjoy friends and family and was even engaged to be married, Scrooge has...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021, 10:51 am (UTC)

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Ebenezer Scrooge was a banker. The reason Ebenezer Scrooge was so rich was that he made his living lending other people money and charging interest. He worked in a counting house, and he owned the...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2015, 3:40 am (UTC)

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Tiny Tim provides the pathos, or powerful emotional appeal, that Scrooge needs to convince him to change his attitude toward Christmas and people. When the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2017, 3:25 am (UTC)

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Often, it takes experiencing something with all our senses to understand it with both our hearts and minds. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, is nothing but an employee...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2017, 1:15 am (UTC)

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What kind of man would keep his son at school for Christmas while all the other boys are allowed home for the holidays? The answer is Ebenezer Scrooge's father. For reasons we cannot begin to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020, 6:43 am (UTC)

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"Old Fezziwig" is Mr. Fezziwig, the kindly, jovial warehouse owner to whom Ebenezer Scrooge was apprenticed as a young man and who appears in stave 2, "The First of Three Spirits," in Charles...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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In the opening stave of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is incredulous when he encounters the Ghost of Marley in his bedroom on Christmas Eve and blames the spirit's appearance on indigestion....

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021, 11:01 am (UTC)

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