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A Christmas Carol

Indirect characterization can be described as the author showing you, the reader, what a character is like, rather than telling you. So, instead of saying that a character is greedy (as Dickens, in...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Scrooge is miserly and bitter, as evidenced by his wish that: ...every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2012 12:40 am UTC

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Dickens uses a lot of interrupted quotes interspersed with body language indicators (as stage directions interwoven into a play script). One can visualize the characters' reactions as well as...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

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It is interesting to note that initially, Scrooge seems to be not impressed at all with the ghost of Marley. He actually goes as far to suggest that Marley's ghost is not real, or that he is just...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 5:11 am UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come teaches Scrooge that his money is not "worth" anything in the end, unless he has used it to help others. In Stave Four, we see the Ghost...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 8:14 pm UTC

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The audience gains insight into Scrooge's childhood when he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past in stave 2. In stave 2, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to the countryside of his...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 10:48 am UTC

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A hook is an opening statement that catches an audience's interest and keeps them reading. An introduction is, in quick strokes, the barebones background readers need to give them a context for...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 5:11 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present is the second ghost to appear before Scrooge. To see how he appears before Scrooge, take a look at Stave Three of the story. According to the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2017 9:06 am UTC

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The reader learns about Bob Cratchit in stave 1, "Marley's Ghost," of Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol: The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 9:55 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past shows how Scrooge came to be the way he is. It represents the importance of formative experience and memory in shaping who we are in the present. From his reactions to...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 6:10 am UTC

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London at the time of the publication of "A Christmas Carol" in 1843 was one of the most populous and filthy cities in Europe, experiencing unprecedented growth as the Industrial...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2008 1:17 pm UTC

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Tiny Tim represents the working-class people of London in the early 1800s. During the early 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was beginning to transform English society. One aspect of this...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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In stave 4, Scrooge sees that if one does not respect and acknowledge other people during one's life, other people will not respect one after one's death. He has made little effort to get to know...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

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During his visits with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ebenezer revisits a scene involving Belle, his beautiful ex-fiancee. In the scene, Belle accuses Ebenezer of loving money more than he loves...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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After the vision of Jacob Marley, Ebeneezer Scrooge hopes that his woes for the evening are through. However, Marley's warning turns out to be true, and the first of three specters appears before...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019 9:18 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens, who was a celebrity in his time, used his writing to emphasize the need for social change in nineteenth century England. Having experienced poverty and desolation as a child, and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 10:47 pm UTC

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Yes, there is likely a significance here. Dickens, like most authors, tended to be intentional with character naming. Note the alliteration used in Tiny Tim's name, and in the harsh sound of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2015 12:44 am UTC

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Dickens is effective in conveying how Scrooge has constructed a "solitude" which is emotionally deadening, resembling a frigid form of the inferno. Naturally, this is communicated in how Scrooge...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 12:31 pm UTC

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The story is structured into five chapters because there is one for Christmas Even, one for each ghost and one for Christmas Day. Dickens chose the name “carol” so he organized the story into...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

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I would add as well that these places give Scrooge the opportunity to overhear what others think and believe about his character. Giving him this chance to eavesdrop about what his nephew and the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 2:04 am UTC

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More details, please. Which visitor are you asking about? In addition to the four spirits (Marley and the three ghosts of Christmas) who come to Scrooge, he is also visited by his nephew and by two...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past is bright and indistinct, and the Ghost of Christmas Present is jovial and colorful. Scrooge is a grumpy old miser when his friend Jacob Marley decides to give him a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 7:32 pm UTC

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In the story A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is a dynamic character who changes greatly in the story. In the beginning, he is a man who is cruel to his employee, begrudging him any time off for...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 9:44 pm UTC

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“My time grows short,” observed the Spirit. (A Christmas Carol, Stave Two) Charles Dickens's classic novella A Christmas Carol is structurally organized around time. The story itself takes place...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 5:22 pm UTC

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Your question is quite confusing; however, my guess is that it is a reference to the visit (during the journey of the ghost of Christmas present and Scrooge) to the Cratchit family household. The...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016 9:59 am UTC

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Tiny Tim is an innocent victim of poverty designed to make the viewer or reader sympathetic. There are hundreds of movie versions of A Christmas Carol, but the basic plot is the same in most of...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 4:53 pm UTC

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In Staves 1 through 3, Scrooge has seen the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley and has been taken around by the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Present. Now, in Stave 4,...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2009 10:00 am UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, each of the three spirits has a profound effect on Scrooge but, arguably, it the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come who truly changes his life. First of all, let's look at the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 9:01 am UTC

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The ghosts in A Christmas Carol are there to show Scrooge what is good about life. Scrooge, lost in ambition, has lost touch with the things that make life beautiful - good deeds, personal...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2007 8:11 am UTC

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The story primarily takes place in Victorian London in the mid-19th century. This is consistent with most of Dickens' work, as he tended to use contemporary issues and settings in his writings....

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 4:54 pm UTC

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This line comes from the beginning of A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge is signing Jacob Marley's death warrant: Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020 1:04 pm UTC

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In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim exemplifies one of the prevalent themes - that of the perils of wealth and the virtuous poor. The son of a man who "pockets but fifteen copies of...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 6:49 pm UTC

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In his essay, "Some Candid Opinions on A Christmas Carol," Norman Barrow, who is himself an author, criticizes the lack of humor and the overly didactic style in the novella, suggesting that...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013 6:47 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come shows Scrooge a junk shop in a dirty, tucked away part of London. This area is known for crime and other unsavory activity. The shop is "below a pent-house...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 7:42 am UTC

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When the two gentlemen come to collect donations for the poor, Scrooge tells them that he would like to be left alone. Further, he says that he does not "make merry" at Christmas and that he cannot...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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Ebenezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is one of the quintessential villains of literature. However, he also represents one of its greatest heroes. At the start of the novel,...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 5:15 am UTC

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In Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," the ghost of Christmas present represents the lives that Ebeneezer Scrooge touches on a day-to-day basis, yet whom he holds in condenscending scorn. By...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 11:11 pm UTC

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One approach to writing about Dickens's employment of silence is to determine the purpose of silence in the narrative of A Christmas Carol. In order to do this, the writer may wish to peruse the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 7:17 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim wants people to know he is lame and crippled because he wants his family to not have to suffer more because of his disability. He thinks that if people know that he...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 10:17 am UTC

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Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 3:38 am UTC

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Marley's ghost is still on earth because he is serving his punishment for all his years of avarice and greed. He tells Ebenezer Scrooge, his old business partner, that the spirit within every man...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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Scrooge does have to learn the truth about the incorrect placement of stress on the values he holds dear. He has to learn that what he used to believe and what he used to value is not as relevant...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013 10:31 am UTC

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In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, there are two types of books mentioned. The first are those used in his counting house, where he treats Bob Cratchit like a slave. Those books represent the...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2015 5:33 pm UTC

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Jacob Marley was Scrooge’s business partner in the counting house. Jacob Marley died seven years before the book began. Before that, he was the closest thing that Scrooge had to a friend. The...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2016 4:09 pm UTC

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Scrooge's meeting with the Ghost of Marley in Stave I sets off the chain of events that lead to the miserly man's life-altering experience. Scrooge had already expressed his disdain for the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 11:11 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is broken into five distinctive parts (or staves). The story begins on Christmas Eve with the introduction of Ebenezer Scrooge, the quintessential miser and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2011 2:13 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol is an 1843 fictional novella written by famed English writer Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old, selfish, and cold miser whose life is turned upside...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 11:39 am UTC

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“Bah, humbug” is what Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge says whenever someone says anything he does not like or disagrees with. It is a phrase he utters to convey his curmudgeonly displeasure. Readers see this...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 1:14 pm UTC

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The character Scrooge, from A Christmas Carol, hurt the feelings of many people because of his selfishness and greed. For example, Scrooge had a fiancee named Belle but he hurt her feelings because...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 9:10 am UTC

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The children represent those who were living in poverty, with no hope of improving their lot due to lack of education and lack of opportunity. The Ghost of Christmas Present was sheltering them as...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 10:20 pm UTC

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