A Christmas Carol Questions and Answers

A Christmas Carol

Often, it takes experiencing something with all our senses to understand it with both our hearts and minds. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, is nothing but an employee...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2017 1:15 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a 1843 fictional novel written by famed English writer and critic Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge—a selfish, greedy, unkind, and uncaring miser, who...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 11:18 am UTC

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Each ghost has a different purpose, and a different personality. Marley, the first ghost, used to be Scrooge’s business partner. They know each other well, and are somewhat friends. Marley cares...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 12:50 pm UTC

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The Spirit chooses to show Scrooge a scene within the home of a family he immediately recognizes as the Cratchits, the wife and children of his employee, Bob. The family are gathered in a circle,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 7:16 am UTC

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Light is a common symbol in literature, often used to represent enlightenment or knowledge. While it certainly can also have all of the meanings listed in the pervious answers, it might also...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 10:58 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting question, as it seems that Dickens does not present wealth as an automatically negative trait in this text. Rather, he creates a much more complex view of wealth which...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013 5:09 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In the beginning of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge symbolizes the part of the upper class which is concerned only with themselves and the amount of money they can make. They...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 5:48 pm UTC

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Scrooge responds to the ghost by saying that Fezziwig deserves praise and wishing he could talk to Bob Cratchit. When the Ghost of Christmas Past tells Scrooge that Fezziwig does not deserve...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2015 1:54 am UTC

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Scrooge starts the day as normal—or he appears to start the day as normal. Because when Bob Cratchit comes through the door a full eighteen and a half minutes late for work, Scrooge is beavering...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2017 9:03 am UTC

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There are actually four ghosts in The Christmas Carol. The first ghost is that of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner, a man as stingy and unforgiving as Scrooge himself. The purpose of this...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 12:14 am UTC

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Charles Dickens's great classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, differs from other narratives as it is divided into separate vignettes called Staves. While they have their own plots, these...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2014 8:54 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the text it is said of Scrooge that No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose,...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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In Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol, three spirits visit Scrooge in order to help him change his miserly ways. The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first spirit to visit Scrooge. This...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 1:50 pm UTC

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The London of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is poor, cold, old, dark, and unfriendly. The novel takes place during the Industrial Revolution, and poverty is widespread. The descriptions of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2015 11:22 pm UTC

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Dickens makes wonderful use of hyperbole in A Christmas Carol, at times even using very different hyperbolic statements involving similar focuses. Take for example Scrooge's hyperbole in Stave One,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 5:11 am UTC

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In musical notation, a stave (or staff) is a set of five lines separated by four spaces. Each one of those lines and spaces represents a different musical pitch. Dickens calls the chapters in A...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017 4:34 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens, whose characters are often based upon real individuals that he knew, was an indefatigably outspoken social critic against the stratification of society in the Victorian Age along...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013 5:30 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past visits Scrooge in the second part of "A Christmas Carol." When they first meet, the ghost tells Scrooge that he represents Scrooge's past, not the past in general, and...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 9:36 am UTC

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Charles Dickens uses imagery to create a visual representation of the setting surrounding Scrooge's countinghouse at the beginning of the novella. Dickens appeals to the reader's senses by...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 4:59 pm UTC

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In Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge makes his wealth, defined for him as his money and his business, the very center of his life. He focuses all of his attention on it, and he...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 5:15 pm UTC

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Scrooge has already told Marley that he doesn't really believe his senses because "'A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats.'" In other words, Scrooge thinks that Marley is just a trick...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 10:29 pm UTC

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The Fezziwigs, who include the young Scrooge's employer, his wife and their two daughters, are shown as the best kind of people: kind, outgoing, community-oriented, social, generous. They freely...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 8:04 pm UTC

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When the story opens, we learn what a miserable man Scrooge is, and we also learn his business partner, Marley, has died and Scrooge has taken over the entire business. After a long day at work and...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2015 3:12 pm UTC

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In the third paragraph of stave one, "Marley's Ghost," of Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol, the reader learns that Ebenezer Scrooge "was an excellent man of business." The questions is,...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2021 5:58 pm UTC

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Like everyone else, Bob Cratchit and Fred are shocked and astonished at Scrooge's sudden transformation. They've always known him as an ornery old skinflint who hates Christmas. Yet now he's fully...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 12:16 pm UTC

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Tiny Tim symbolizes everything that's innocent and pure, even in the midst of such rampant greed, poverty, and materialism. Despite his family's dire financial situation and his chronic disability,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 4:40 am UTC

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Much of the humour in A Christmas Carol comes from the character of Scrooge. In stave one, for example, Scrooge has a conversation with the ghost of Marley, his deceased business partner, which is...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 7:47 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge numerous sceneswith several aims. In viewing the family in the coal miner's hut, the men working at the lighthouse, and the crew of the ship, he shows...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 12:33 am UTC

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The theme of family is seen in many ways throughout the story, including in both traditional families and non-traditional families. The Cratchit family is the most prominent one in the story. This...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

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In the opening of A Christmas Carol, there are several descriptions of the character and nature of the city of London. Firstly: "The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016 9:34 pm UTC

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In stave 4 of A Christmas Carol, The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-come provides Scrooge will a chilling insight into what life will be like when he’s gone. After his unlamented death, a group of...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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The "pimple" Scrooge says he has on his cheek is really a tear. He calls it a pimple because he wants to hide from the Ghost of Christmas Past that he is crying. The ghost has taken Scrooge back to...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 1:51 am UTC

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Scrooge is very happy when his sister Fan comes to take him from boarding school, a scene the Ghost of Christmas Past has him revisit. Fan, who is younger than Scrooge is, comes in overjoyed and...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 7:20 pm UTC

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Scrooge's office is dark because he constantly tries to save money in being stingy with candles and coal. But Dickens is also using a classical binary opposition (light/dark) to symbolize...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2014 1:51 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past is the second spirit to visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. During their time together, the spirit shows Scrooge some scenarios which prompt very emotional responses. First...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

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Fred knows what his uncle's like. He knows he's a miserly old skinflint who doesn't have a friend in the world. He must also have an inkling that Scrooge resents him for surviving the birth that...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 6:50 am UTC

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It is clear from the conversation that Scrooge overhears thanks to the Ghost of Christmas Present that Fred, Scrooge's nephew, above all feels a great sense of pity for his uncle. Note the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2011 5:44 pm UTC

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In addition to the other Educators' responses, I would add that Dickens stresses the importance of maintaining authentic human relationships in order to best appreciate and enjoy life. When Scrooge...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 7:03 pm UTC

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The full sentence in the quote appears as follows: The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall, became...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 12:31 pm UTC

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The answer to this question is subjective, and no answer is technically more correct than another answer. I believe that most readers would probably say that the Ghost of Christmas Future has the...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 8:51 pm UTC

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It would be a challenge for any author attempting to capture the atmosphere of London in the winter to ignore fog. London’s fog is a character, it is so pervasive a part of that city’s environment....

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 8:04 pm UTC

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A stave is a chapter in A Christmas Carol. If you look at the title of the book, you can see the significance of the chapters being called "staves." Dickens is acting as if the book is a Christmas...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 12:48 am UTC

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Scrooge is told by Marley that the ghosts will lead to his reclamation, and he is reflective several times during the visits to his past. Jacob Marley tells Scrooge that he has arranged a visit by...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 12:15 am UTC

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First, those particular adjectives have fairly negative connotations. They give the reader the impression that Scrooge is desperate in a lot of ways. Take the phrase "grasping at straws," for...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 2:27 pm UTC

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In this instance, Ebenezer Scrooge returned home to a house previously belonging to his erstwhile and now-deceased partner, Jacob Marley. Marley had died seven years ago and had much the same...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2016 2:03 pm UTC

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An allusion is a literary device employed to associate a character, place or object in a story with a character, place or object, often from another literary source. One of the first, and most...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 5:55 pm UTC

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Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig appear in Stave Two, when the Ghost of Christmas Past is showing Scrooge scenes from his own childhood and young adulthood. In this scene, once it comes to quitting time,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 11:37 am UTC

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In stave 5, Dickens presents Scrooge's redemption with giddy joy. Realizing that he is not dead and can still change his ways for the better, Scrooge immediately swears to become a better man: “I...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 12:13 pm UTC

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Scrooge realizes that he doesn't have much time left to save his soul, so as the dawn approaches, he wants the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come to get on with it and show him whatever he has to show...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 7:51 am UTC

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In Stave III of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present. During their sojourn, the spirit takes Scrooge to the home of the old miser’s...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2014 3:23 am UTC

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