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A Christmas Carol

The stave opens with an exclamation of "Yes!" This immediately shows the change in Scrooge. Before his encounter with the ghosts, Scrooge was the man of "no," ready to slam the door in the face of...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2018 12:12 am UTC

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Scrooge became like a father to Tiny Tim, looking out for him and his family. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge seems to scarcely know of Tiny Tim’s existence. He makes little effort to get...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 5:36 pm UTC

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Of course, Scrooge undergoes a complete transformation over the course of the story, but at its beginning, his most notable character trait is his miserliness. He refuses to give Christmas gifts,...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 2:59 am UTC

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To begin, the ghost was "like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man." The spirit seems to embody the innocence of children and yet possesses the wisdom associated with age: two things...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 12:54 am UTC

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Charles Dickens wrote many novels, but the themes of those novels were often the same as one another and have relevance in any timeframe, even today and in the future. This is part of what makes a...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 3:59 am UTC

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At first, Scrooge wants no part of the three Christmas spirits. When Marley's ghost tells him they are coming, Scrooge's face falls. He says he would "rather not" see them. When the Ghost of...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 6:14 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In Stave I of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the reader is introduced to the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter, miserly figure whose priorities -- business first, last, and always --...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 2:42 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

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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A Christmas Carol

In this chapter, the Ghost of Christmas Present visits Scrooge and shows him what is happening all around him at the present time. In addition to taking him to a bustling marketplace full of food,...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 3:46 pm UTC

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The children of mankind, Ignorance and Want, are recent symptoms of the human condition and the impoverished and ignorant economic society that had been recently created. Because of this, they...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 9:06 pm 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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Mrs. Cratchit is no fan of Mr. Scrooge. On the other hand, Bob Cratchit is very respectful of Mr. Scrooge, in spite of how poorly he is treated by his boss. At Christmas dinner Bob Cratchit gives a...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 9:29 pm 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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The charwoman sold Old Joe Scrooge’s bedcurtains, blankets, and the shirt he was supposed to be buried in. When the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge his future, one of the visions he...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 12:15 am UTC

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In this quotation, the narrator uses an analogy, comparing Scrooge, a person, to the weather in order to explain his character more fully. Thus, Scrooge appears, as a result of this analogy, to be...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 6:58 pm UTC

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Caroline and her husband are relieved to hear about Ebenezer Scrooge's death because they owe him money. The husband had gone to ask Scrooge for a week's extension on their next payment, and this...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018 11:28 pm UTC

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Tiny Tim serves a symbolic role. He puts a face to the thousands of faceless poor children Dickens saw in London every day. Many of Dickens’s works are about poor children, but A Christmas Carol...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 8:41 pm UTC

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This quote comes at the beginning of the final stave, and Scrooge has spent time with three different spirits who represented his past, present, and future—as well as the spirit of his old friend...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

"Bah! Humbug!" exclaims Ebenezer Scrooge when his nephew, Fred, wishes him a merry Christmas in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Indeed, Scrooge despises Christmas and anything to do with it....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 2:01 pm UTC

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Scrooge experiences a dramatic change of perspective, what one could even call an epiphany (which is an appropriate word given the Christmas setting), by the end of this story. The visits from the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

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Scrooge inquires of the spirit "what business" brought him there. It is notable that he asks after the spirit's "business," because Scrooge has very specific thoughts about what is one's business....

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 2:18 am UTC

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The rooms in which Scrooge resides are as empty and "gloomy" as Scrooge's soul. Dickens tells us that the rooms "were a gloomy suite of rooms." The adjective "gloomy" is describing the rooms as...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009 11:37 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Present represents what an authentic life, truly lived, with family, friends, love and celebration really looks like. Scrooge does not know what it is like to live a real...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2008 10:15 pm UTC

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Ebenezer Scrooge represents a couple of things at the end of the story, change and hope. He represents change because he has so completely transformed throughout the course of the story. At the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

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After Scrooge's nephew leaves his office, having been roundly scolded, two "portly gentlemen" arrive. It is Christmas Eve, and these two kindhearted men are collecting money for the poor and...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 2:17 am UTC

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At the time when Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, the prevailing spirit in England was one of fierce individualism. People generally believed that you should look after your own interests and let...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 4:27 pm UTC

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In Stave One of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is approached by a couple of gentleman collecting for charity. Either they're blissfully unaware of Scrooge's miserly reputation or they hope that perhaps...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 9:47 am UTC

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“You were always a good friend to me,” said Scrooge.(stave 1) Ebenezer Scrooge speaks these words to the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve, on the seventh...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 5:35 pm UTC

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Ali Baba, Robin Crusoe and Friday are allusions to characters from other books, books that were favorites of Dickens, but in the novella they are childhood favorites of Scrooge. Ali Baba comes from...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 2:29 am UTC

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Dickens uses a lot of figurative language to describe Ebenezer Scrooge very harshly. He also carefully establishes the dark yet hopeful mood of the story. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012 11:43 pm UTC

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Ebenezer Scrooge has a busy Christmas Day in stave 5, "The End Of It," in Charles Dickens's classic novella A Christmas Carol. The day begins with Scrooge clinging desperately to his bedpost,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 4:44 pm UTC

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Actually, this quote is from "Stave III," and what is "heaped up upon the floor" is every imaginable food that was eaten at Christmas time during the Victorian era, such as "turkeys, geese, game,...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 1:53 pm UTC

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Scrooge's transformation proves that destinies can be changed because he does, in fact, change his. Scrooge does not end up all alone with people stealing from him, businessmen meeting in the...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 3:04 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In Stave One, two gentlemen collecting Christmas donations for the poor and unfortunate inhabitants of London visit Scrooge at his business and proceed to ask him for a generous donation. Scrooge...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 10:59 pm UTC

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Scrooge most fears the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, both because of its appearance and what it shows him. We are told this ghost "seemed to scatter gloom and mystery." It is "shrouded" in "deep...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018 1:25 pm UTC

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The ghost of Jacob Marley gives Scrooge a brief warning of what to expect, telling him that he'll be visited by three spirits. He doesn't go into any specific details, but it's clearly not going to...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 8:31 am UTC

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Actually, this passage is spoken by the Ghost of Christmas Present after Scrooge witnesses the Cratchit family at Christmas, and more so when he sees Tiny Tim for the first time, for Scrooge sees...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 12:35 am UTC

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Fred, Scrooge's nephew, is a kind character who only feels pity for Scrooge. He says, "I couldn't be angry with him if I tried." He feels that Scrooge doesn't hurt anyone with his miserly and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2016 1:39 pm UTC

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It's clear from early on in the story that it's not much fun being a child in Dickens's England, especially if you happen to be poor. The ragged, half-starved waifs roaming around the streets at...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 7:07 am UTC

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Scrooge has a deeply emotional response to the visit of the ghosts. This results in a joyful and lasting personal transformation. As he awakes on Christmas morning he thinks: Time before him was...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 9:55 am UTC

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Scrooge's fiancee, Belle, tells him sadly that a "golden idol" has replaced her and become first in his heart. She tells him he has become too obsessed with making money. He replies that there is...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 1:14 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

Although it was published in 1843, A Christmas Carol remains popular because its key messages are as relevant today as they were in the Victorian era. Take, for example, the character of Scrooge....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 9:27 am UTC

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I think that one aspect of Victorian society that Dickens criticizes is the idea of upper classes and wealth being so important. Dickens offers a fairly elemental argument in that value and wealth...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2013 11:24 pm UTC

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Initially, Scrooge believes that the appearance of Marley's ghost is a result of indigestion. However, once the ghost has gotten Scrooge to take the first steps toward understanding that the ghost...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 5:47 am UTC

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Nowadays, most corpses are embalmed before burial. Back in Victorian times when Dickens was writing, this was not so -- as muscles would relax and then firm under rigor mortis, corpses would be...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2009 10:59 pm UTC

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Fezziwig and Scrooge are complete opposites as bosses. Scrooge is a miserly, misanthropic loner, described as follows: Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 7:07 pm UTC

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In stave 3, "The Second of the Three Spirits," of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present has brought Ebenezer Scrooge to the Cratchit's humble home in Camden Town, a...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019 11:58 pm UTC

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The characters of Ebenezer Scrooge and his nephew, Fred, are juxtaposed (described closely together in the text), which brings out their contrast even more fully. Ebenezer is described as a...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 6:25 pm UTC

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At the beginning of Dickens's classic story, Scrooge is portrayed as a callous, insensitive man who is primarily concerned with acquiring wealth and protecting his money. Dickens describes Scrooge...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 10:44 am UTC

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In stave 3, Scrooge is visited by the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present, who takes him on a journey throughout London on a festive Christmas morning. As Scrooge stands on a crowded street watching...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 11:26 am UTC

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