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A Christmas Carol

In A Christmas Carol, author Charles Dickens writes about miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge, who says, "Bah humbug," whenever Christmas is mentioned. To save Scrooge's miserable life, his deceased...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 7:02 pm UTC

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Scrooge is Ebeneezer Scrooge, the protagonist of Dickens' tale. He is Bob Cratchit's boss and drives him hard and mercilessly, unable to see the great devotion and hard work that Bob puts in, only...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 8:39 am UTC

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I think that a case can be made for ignorance being one of the major themes of the work. Scrooge only comes to his revelation after his spiritual visit. Once this is made clear to him, Scrooge...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 1:57 am UTC

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The key to writing a paragraph like this is to determine which conflict you would like to examine. There are several in the story, but the most prominent is the conflict Scrooge faces within...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 8:33 pm UTC

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Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been analyzed in a variety of ways through the years, and there are many movie versions. However, the character of Tiny Tim is easy to see as representative of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 11:19 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Bob Cratchit works for Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge makes Bob work long hours but pays him little. The Cratchits therefore, are very poor. They often do not...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 8:13 pm UTC

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Benthemite philosophies and Malthusian economics are addressed through a conversation Scrooge has with the poor unsuspecting person who accosts him towards the beginning of the novel to ask him for...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 6:28 am UTC

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Dickens doesn't show us exactly how the spirit gets into Scrooge's room. Instead we know that Scrooge is asleep, then awakened by the clock chiming, and then the spirit pulls back the curtains on...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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This is a good question. Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is characterized in a very simplistic and one-sided way, until his miraculous transformation....

Latest answer posted August 6, 2012 8:04 pm 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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As mentioned above, the fact that there have been successful productions of The Christmas Carol set in more modern times is proof that the novella is essentially timeless in its themes of greed and...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013 3:03 pm UTC

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I think that all works of literature are different from one another. I think that Dickens' work possesses a sense of purity an authenticity that distinguishes it from other works of literature....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010 4:41 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cold and mean-spirited bachelor who shuns society in favour of personal wealth. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 11:57 am UTC

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The girl symbolically named "Want" and the boy named "Ignorance" appear in stave 3, "The Second of the Three Spirits," of Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol. Dickens published the novella...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 6:43 pm UTC

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The old saying, "Seeing is believing" is the start. Four ghosts visit him...Marley, Scrooge's old business partner, is the first. When Scrooge sees how Marley's ghost is weighed down by...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2009 1:53 am 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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Certainly! To start, I'm going to assume that part of your question is a typo, and that the characters for whom you are meant to write an interview are Marley, Want, and Ignorance rather than...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 11:00 am UTC

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Charles Dickens was a member of the Unitarian Universalist church, having converted from the traditional Anglican church when he was in his 30s. In the nineteenth century, the Unitarian...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016 1:59 am 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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The three ghosts appear in Ebenezer Scrooge's dreams, each revealing parts of Scrooge's past and character. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge back in time. He reveals glimpses of Scrooge's...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 4:51 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, Dickens uses different places and environments to build a strong sense of character. In the first chapter, for example, Scrooge's house reflects many aspects of his character:...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 10:23 pm UTC

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The word "stave" means a verse or stanza of a poem. While A Christmas Carol is not a poem, Dickens' titled the work after a song (a carol is a traditional Christmas song). Thus, he divided his...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 2:46 am UTC

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In Stave Three of the story, we meet the Cratchit family as part of Ebenezer's tour with the Ghost of Christmas Present. While the family of eight (Mom, Dad, and six children) are poor, and while...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 6:43 pm UTC

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An element that I can relate to in the book is the concept of family. Family isn't important to Ebenezer yet his nephew tries so hard to love him and get him to join the family to celebrate...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 2:13 am UTC

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Clearly there are plenty of themes running through this classic Christmas story, but I would like to focus on the theme of fear and how it is shown through Scrooge and then his transformation after...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011 7:55 pm UTC

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The symbolism brought into A Christmas Carol by the three Spirits is quite as relevant and significant today as it was when the story was written. The Spirit of Christmas Past takes Scrooge back...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2011 10:03 pm UTC

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Good catch on the double meaning! Dickens was very intentional with his wording, so we have to assume that this was intended as well. On the surface, we take the word "stave" at face value -- as a...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2015 4:32 pm UTC

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At the start of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebezner Scrooge is a lonely and embittered aging miser. He has no real friends and his life is uncomfortable. He lives as cheaply as possible to...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 10:32 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens was deeply affected by his father's poverty and bad luck. He had an unhappy childhood that haunted him for the rest of his days. He was forever in pursuit of the perfect family,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011 5:52 pm UTC

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Yes, he did. Scrooge felt himself to be shut out and excluded from his family, his schoolmates, and his friends as he was growing up. He took refuge and comfort at these times by pulling within...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012 10:16 pm UTC

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By the word "gist," I'm not sure how short you wanted the ideas to be here. This is a completely different option:Stave One: Marley's GhostScrooge proves himself to be a mean miser and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2009 12:02 pm UTC

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Jacob Marley had been Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner until his death seven years prior. He appears to Scrooge as an apparition at the beginning of Scrooge's dream. Dragging heavy chains and...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2013 2:26 pm UTC

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I think that the theme of redemption is essential to Dickens' work. In the final analysis, it is redemption that becomes the lasting legacy of Scrooge and his transformation. Through his...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2013 7:12 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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Dickens manipulates time in several ways in A Christmas Carol. When the Ghost of Christmas Past visits Ebenezer, rather than talk about past events in memory only, the ghost is able to visit the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 2:26 am UTC

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As part of his voyage with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge visits several of his old haunts. He visits his old school, where he sees himself spending some of his Christmases alone. He later...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 2:57 am UTC

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One might look simply at the changes in Scrooge's attitude from the beginning of the first visitation to the end of the last. When the ghost of Christmas past suggests that he come and take a walk...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 2:08 am UTC

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The two main characters are Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present. We also see the Cratchit Family. Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit, Tim, Peter, and Martha are mentioned by name. The spirit and Scrooge...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2007 2:31 am UTC

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The question of whether or not A Christmas Carol is based on a true story is answered by the presence of the ghost of Scrooge's former business partner, Marley, as well as Ghost of Christmas Past,...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 11:27 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

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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Certainly Bob Cratchit is incredibly mistreated by his employer, Ebenezer Scrooge, and he does manage to retain his basic human dignity. His holidays still have meaning, he provides for his family...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 5:20 pm 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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Introductions to novels are often considered to be the prologues, and in a prologue there are three things that occur: The reader is given the general idea of the narrative The reader's interest is...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 12:09 pm UTC

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One of the themes of the story that goes along with redemption and kindness and the like, is that of inequality. There is a massive difference in the resources Scrooge has and those of his...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 2:19 am UTC

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Change is an extremely huge theme in A Christmas Carol, as it was during the Victorian era. So much was changing during this time, as we see with regards to the Carol. First, the change in Scrooge...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 10:33 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol was probably written for a general audience. It was the first of five short books about Christmas, which was becoming more popular in Victorian England thanks to the Royal Family....

Latest answer posted November 28, 2008 10:03 am UTC

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In your five sentence paragraph about Mr Marley from the novel 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, talk about all the things he could have done, but didn't while he had the chance when he was...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2009 9:30 pm UTC

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There is no mention of Scrooge taking a coin (or a farthing as Dickens would probably refer to it) from his nephew Fred. Scrooge only meets the happy-go-lucky Fred a few times in the story. He...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 11:38 am UTC

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I would say that Ebeneezer Scrooge's ordeal in life is that he is going through most of his life without anyone to love him. I think that we see this throughout the story. From the very beginning,...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2010 3:24 am UTC

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The first of the three spirits to visit Scrooge (as foretold by the ghost of Marley), is the Ghost of Christmas Past. He takes Scrooge on a journey back to episodes from his early life, including...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2017 12:41 pm UTC

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