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A Christmas Carol

Belle means that money is more important to Scrooge than she is. When Scrooge is shown the images of his past, the ghost’s intention is to help him see how he became the man he is in the present....

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 4:41 am UTC

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Scrooge reacts with fear when he first encounters the ghost of his long-dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley’s ghost appears for the first time as a glowing face on the doorknocker of Ebenezer...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2018 7:34 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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Charles Dickens uses symbolism to amplify the message of kindness in A Christmas Carol. Set during the Christmas season, which is itself a symbol-laden holiday, the story reminds us at the outset...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 2:49 pm UTC

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Before his experience with the spirits, Scrooge is known throughout his community as cold, miserly, and mean-spirited. None are more aware of this disposition than Bob Cratchit, who works as...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 10:35 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge out of the city and to a country road, to the place where Scrooge was born and raised. They walk together along the road, towards a "little market-town,"...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 7:08 am UTC

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Scrooge changed in a number of ways as a result of his visit with the Ghost of Christmas Present, mainly because of the tactics employed by the spirit. The Ghost of Christmas Present relies...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016 12:15 pm UTC

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Early in the chapter, the narrator says, "Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017 8:18 pm UTC

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In this scene from the third stave, Dickens creates a warm, positive, and joyful atmosphere. This is created by highlighting the family's love and devotion to one another, as well as their...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2018 9:26 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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Scrooge discovers that the dead man is himself when he sees his name on the headstone. In A Christmas Carol, Stave 4, Scrooge is in denial. He has decided to reform himself, and he is actively...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2013 6:46 pm UTC

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You have asked quite a big question here, and the best way to answer it is to compare and contrast the way that the text introduces and describes the three ghosts. You are right in being aware of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 2:52 am 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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By the time the Ghost of Christmas Past visits, Scrooge has cut himself off from his emotions for so long that he has forgotten how to feel. When the spirit shows him scenes from his past, this...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 12:00 pm UTC

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The narrator tells us that, in the past, when Cratchit has asked Mr. Scrooge for additional coal to warm the office, "the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part." In other...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 12:18 am UTC

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The story was published in 1843, and takes place in the early 1800’s (1800-1850). Dickens is careful not to give a specific year that the story is set during the story. This adds to its...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 8:38 pm 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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After Marley's ghost leaves, Scrooge is left wondering whether the experience was real or imagined. Then the clock peals the hour of one o'clock and another being appears in Scrooge's residence. He...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 5:56 pm 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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Both Scrooge and Tiny Tim's death bring a change into the world. Scrooge's death brings happiness: the miserly firm of Scrooge and Marley will be no more, and a couple trembling with fear that the...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 12:54 am UTC

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The climax of the text can also be described as its turning point, even the point in the story of the greatest tension. In this case, the climax arrives just after the Ghost of Christmas Yet to...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2017 3:14 am UTC

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Scrooge is positively giddy to be alive after his exciting, frightening, and transformative evening with the ghosts. He says: I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 2:48 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come gives Scrooge a depressing glimpse into how people will remember him when he's gone. If old Ebenezer doesn't change his ways, then he'll die alone, friendless,...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021 10:38 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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This passage from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol describes Scrooge primarily in terms of what he lacks—generosity, empathy, and amiability. To describe his lack of generosity, Dickens strings...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 4:29 am 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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It might be interesting to argue the idea that Scrooge wasn't always such an unpleasant and greedy person, that the conditions of his childhood paved the way for him to become avaricious later in...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018 7:51 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol Dickens uses the three ghosts to show Scrooge the development of his attitude to Christmas--which works as a broader symbol for humanity in general--the relations of his...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010 12:25 am UTC

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After the visit of the three spirits, Scrooge is a changed man. Not only is he full of the joys of Christmas, but also of the milk of human kindness. Old Ebenezer has finally seen the error of his...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 5:31 am UTC

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In Stave Four, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes Scrooge to the London Stock Exchange, where he overhears businessmen talking about the long-awaited death of one of their contemporaries....

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 5:00 pm UTC

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In the first chapter, or stave, of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge receives a visit from his nephew Fred. Fred has come to invite Scrooge to Christmas dinner. Before Fred can...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 5:47 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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In Stave Three, Scrooge is introduced to the Ghost of Christmas Present, who takes him on a journey throughout the festive city streets and eventually brings him to Bob Cratchit's humble abode,...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 9:28 pm UTC

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In Stave Two, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past. The ghost looks "like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man [...] being diminished to a child's proportions." Further,...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 11:44 pm UTC

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In Stave IV of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses the sordid conditions and actions in a part of London unknown to him. After seeing many businessmen he knows, Scrooge is led by the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2016 2:57 pm UTC

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Instead of the door knocker, Scrooge sees Marley's face. Marley's face is not shadowed, like the rest of the objects in the yard, but is strangely illuminated. The expression on this disembodied...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 4:17 pm UTC

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Scrooge is deeply affected when he learns of Tiny Tim’s death, and devastated when he realizes the man whose lonely life he has been seeing is his own. By the time the last ghost comes for...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

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Fred is an energetic, friendly, and cheery person. When we first meet him, he is described as follows, as he arrives at Scrooge's home: all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 10:54 pm UTC

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Tiny Tim represents all the many innocent victims of the heartless economic system which has made Scrooge an incredibly rich man. In writing A Christmas Carol Dickens would doubtless have been...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 8:36 am UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens illustrates the struggles of the poor through his characterizations and descriptions of the Cratchit family. The subject of poverty first appears at the very...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 3:25 am UTC

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The charity workers who approach Scrooge at the beginning of the story are supposed to represent the approach Scrooge should be taking to Christmas. Charles Dickens was a keen reformer and often...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past wears a pure white tunic, which is bound with a lustrous belt. The Spirit is also holding onto fresh green holly, which is described as being a "singular contradiction...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 3:56 pm UTC

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Bob Cratchit has every reason to hate and despise Scrooge. Scrooge is rich but the poor clerk has to warm his frozen fingers over a candle, which doesn't work well. Scrooge begrudges having to pay...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017 9:16 pm UTC

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Scrooge was transported to his childhood school. When the Ghost of Christmas Present first took him back, Scrooge was taken back to a vision of himself as a child. He remembered it as if it were...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 4:05 pm UTC

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Caroline and her husband had borrowed money from Scrooge and were not able to pay it back in time. Scrooge refused to give them any extension, despite the poor circumstances the family lived in....

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 11:25 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Present is trying to convey to Scrooge—as Dickens is to his audience—that words have meaning. When Scrooge brushes off the charitable requests and impulses of people asking...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018 12:17 pm UTC

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Scrooge's materialistic tendencies are presented primarily through the contrast of his pleasant remembrances of Fezziwig's small party and his later broken engagement with Belle. After watching his...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 2:48 am UTC

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A simile is used in literature to compare two things using "like" or "as." These things can be quite different, but they can also be similar (a sound appearing like thunder). In A Christmas...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 7:47 am UTC

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Although Scrooge's beloved sister Fan is only a minor character in A Christmas Carol she has great significance nonetheless. Her presence in Scrooge's vision of the past reminds us that this mean...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 11:24 am UTC

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In stave l, Jacob Marley's spirit uses the word "business" in reply to Ebenezer Scrooge's statement that Marley had always been "a good man of business" during his lifetime. The spirit is clearly...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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