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A Christmas Carol

The four ghosts are all symbolic of important eras in Scrooge's life. The Ghost of Christmas past symbolizes a past where Scrooge was still joyful and hopeful about life. A plant of some sort might...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2008 5:09 am UTC

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You'd have to say it's a bit of both, really. As business partners, Scrooge and Marley are totally obsessed with making money all year round. They'd never let a little matter like Christmas get in...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 11:18 am UTC

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Most everything "scotgill" said was spot-on in regards to the different elements of plot from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens; however, let me add a little bit more about the exposition...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 12:02 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past is, by far, the most confusing of all the spirits that visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Its appearance not only changes to contradict itself from one moment to the next,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 2:27 am UTC

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Fred, Scrooge's nephew, and Bob Cratchit, his clerk, both treat him well even though he is a horribly miserable person. Fred continues to visit him, wish him Merry Christmas, and invite him to...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 2:10 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol is a short novel that at its core, presents the concept of personal redemption through selflessness. The moral lesson within comes from the contrast between the rich and the poor....

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 2:01 pm UTC

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Dickens is one of the first authors of his time to effectively make readers aware of poverty. He does this, mainly, through the stark contrast between his two main characters: Ebeneezer Scrooge and...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 1:49 pm UTC

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This book is a story that is bound to warm the cockles of your heart as you read the way that one man, Ebeneezer Scrooge, a determined misanthropist, who hates Christmas and everything to do with...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol is intended to educate people on the effects of greed. Dickens wants people to read the book and think about the poor and lonely as real people. We are to follow Scrooge on his...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 3:41 am UTC

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In both of these cases, the first word is sort of a good thing and the second word is an exaggeration of the first. To be frugal is to not waste money. It is a good thing. But Ebeneezer Scrooge...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 2:21 am UTC

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Scrooge's sister, Fan certainly loves him. From his visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge gets to see his younger self interact with his much loved sister. She clearly adores...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2009 8:26 am UTC

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Scrooge returns home after dinner at a local tavern to face a door that he has passed through at least two times a day for many, many years. This time, however, there is a difference; the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2008 2:09 am UTC

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Ebenezer Scrooge is the primary character of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Jacob Marley was his business partner for many years; Scrooge was the executor of Marley's estate, and Marley...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 7:35 pm UTC

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In a case of art imitating life, Charles Dickens, (1812-1870) heavily in debt and obliged to his publisher, began working on the very well known short story A Christmas Carol in the fall of 1843....

Latest answer posted May 5, 2014 5:20 pm UTC

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The famous novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells of an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by various spirits on Christmas Eve. A brief summary of the previous staves is...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 1:42 am UTC

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In stave 2, only one spirit makes an appearance: the Ghost of Christmas Past. The spirit's appearance is important as it provides us with a glimpse of how Scrooge used to be before he became such...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 9:40 am UTC

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I think that Scrooge finds the ghosts' devastating to him because their presence reveals so much in clear and tangible pain in his being. Scrooge had been a man who operated in the realm of what...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 11:59 am UTC

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Tiny Tim was based off of three people: Dicken’s younger brother, Tim; Henry, his nephew, who died of tuberculosis; and a friend’s son who was disabled. Dr. Russell Chesney, a doctor at the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 9:00 pm UTC

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The last place the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge is to a "children's Twelfth Night party," a party that would be thrown on the last day of Christmas—which, according to the Christian...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 6:28 pm UTC

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This is a good question. I would certainly agree with the statement that there are different types of poverty. The most obvious poverty is the poverty of money, which we see in Bob Cratchit and his...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2012 2:55 pm UTC

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Even at Dickens' time, many people considered the book to be "gushy" and overly sentimental. Others could not stand what they considered an exaggerated view of the sordid side of urban life in...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2009 12:50 am UTC

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Although Bob Cratchit is described fairly early in stave 1 of A Christmas Carol, his name isn't mentioned until stave 3, when the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Ebenezer Scrooge to see Bob and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 3:35 am UTC

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To be sure, Scrooge isn't hesitant to depart from his nephew Fred's house, but he's certainly hesitant in approaching it. After attending church on Christmas morning, Scrooge, now a changed man,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 11:27 am UTC

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To answer this question, take a look at stave 5 of the story, and you'll notice lots of changes. Firstly, Scrooge is excited about Christmas. Instead of saying "bah, humbug," Scrooge is keen to...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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First, let's begin with opening description of Scrooge as he is in Stave One: Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching,...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 8:13 pm UTC

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This happens when Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past. In stave 2, Scrooge returns to a younger version of himself, and Belle is there. Her eyes are wet with tears, and she tells him...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 1:24 pm UTC

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I think you could argue that Scrooge was not likely to change. It is a little unrealistic to assume a person can go through his whole life, and then in old age become someone else. You can...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 2:15 am UTC

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Question 1: Scrooge’s name has come to mean someone who is grumpy and stingy, and he shows both of the qualities when he interacts with other characters in the beginning of the story. Bob Cratchit...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Ebenezer an encounter with Belle, his former fiancee. In the memory, Belle breaks off her engagement to Scrooge, citing the fact that love of money has overtaken...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 12:34 am UTC

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The beginning of the story shows Scrooge very much in control of his life and even of those around him. He uses his money to control others, and when the spirits arrive, for the first time we see...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 10:01 pm UTC

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The protagonist of A Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man with no friends. He is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his old business partner, who warns him against his stingy...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 9:58 am UTC

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After surveying several frightening scenes with the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, Scrooge finally arrives at his own grave. Horrified, Scrooge begins begging the Spirit for a different outcome....

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 12:43 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol has intimations of the supernatural from its very first line, where Dickens informs the reader that Jacob Marley is dead and that knowledge of this makes the events to come more...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 3:02 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In stave 1 of Dickens's classic story A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns Scrooge that he will be...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 11:56 am UTC

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By "opening passage," I believe that you are being limited to the first paragraph of Stave Two. It is not a large paragraph, and most of the information presented in it to readers is about how...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 3:27 pm UTC

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Known for his memorable characters, Charles Dickens often sketched them to the extreme so that they would demonstrate one salient and memorable trait. In fact, the names of these personages often...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013 6:02 am UTC

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The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge several scenes -- stock exchange members discussing the death of a rich man; pawnshop owners buying someone's belongings from shady vagabonds; a...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2015 12:55 am UTC

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The spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come (future) play a major role in the story "A Christmas Carol." All three spirits visit Scrooge in his sleep with the apparent motive of making...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 9:55 pm UTC

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In Stave One of "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge returns home from his office to find something peculiar has happened to the knocker on his front door. At first, the knocker appears the same as it has...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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When Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, in stave one, he is taken aback by the bright light which springs from its head. In the story, this light is symbolic of hope and goodness in...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 10:04 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” teaches a number of life lessons or morals. In reality, Scrooge is a lucky man because he receives a second chance at life. Dickens uses a series of encounters...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 8:08 pm UTC

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This question can be best explained by focusing on the different aspects of A Christmas Carol that apply to it. First, this novel is very entertaining. Dickens is a master of setting a scene, and...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 4:26 pm UTC

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Because Robert Zemeckis filmed the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol as a motion-captured 3D animated film, he had the ability to do things that could not be accomplished with traditional film. One...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 6:52 am UTC

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Victorian society was rampant with inequality, hunger, and poverty. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol both as an indictment of his society and a plea to it. He wanted people to stop their...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2015 11:27 pm UTC

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The ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is described as a "solemn phantom," creeping along the ground like a mist. This ghost is different from the others in its silence, which gives it an awful,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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The first ghost symbolizes the truth of Scrooge's abusive "past;" as a child, Scrooge was neglected during the most beautiful holiday of the year, Christmas; we see two Christmases where Scrooge is...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2010 11:03 am UTC

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When the story begins, Scrooge is a mean old skinflint who hates the very idea of giving money to the poor (or anyone else, for that matter). When two charity collectors ask him for a contribution...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 9:49 am UTC

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It is Christmas Eve, and Scrooge is about to shut up his counting house for the night. Bob Cratchit is about to leave and Scrooge sourly enquires: You’ll want all day to-morrow, I suppose? Bob...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019 1:36 pm UTC

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He won't do either of those things for the simple reason that he is a moneygrubbing old miser. He is rich enough to be able to paint the sign and also to provide adequate heating in the office,...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 6:11 am UTC

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I think that the novella is meant to present a redemptive vision to humanity and human actions. I am not entirely certain that Dickens meant for it to be so closely identified with the holiday...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 1:05 pm UTC

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