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A Christmas Carol

I assume you are referring to the paragraph beginning "Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!" This paragraph is rich with imagery and figurative language, all of it serving...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 9:17 am 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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There are a lot of good answers on this page already about how Dickens underscored the importance of Christmas by highlighting charity, family, joy, and good health, among other things, in A...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:30 am 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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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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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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Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is a story of redemption. A miserly, bitter old man is transformed into a caring, kind, generous human following a glimpse into his past and a preview of his...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018 12:30 am UTC

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In Stave II, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge back to a time when he was a young man engaged to Belle. Scrooge witnesses his young self sitting next to his former fiancé, who ends their...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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Dickens uses the Ghost of Christmas Past to give the reader an insight into Scrooge's early life. On their journey together, the reader learns about Scrooge's childhood, for instance, in which he...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017 8:40 am UTC

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After being visited by the three spirits throughout the night, Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the importance of living a life full of gratitude, generosity, and joy in order to avoid a lonely,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 5:56 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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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 stave four of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come view a scene from the future which takes place in Old Joe's Shop. In this scene, Dickens uses two techniques to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 9:37 pm UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, Peter is the eldest son of Bob Cratchit and makes an appearance in stave 3 of the story. In this stave, he is presented as an energetic and active participant in the Cratchit...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 9:55 am UTC

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In stave 1 of Dickens's classic story A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. Scrooge is...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 2:24 pm 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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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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Marley, Scrooge's former partner, is the instrument of Scrooge's redemption. Jacob Marley has died deep in the sin of indifference to the needs of others. It is a fate that is illustrated as one of...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 3:18 am UTC

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As a result of witnessing the poor people, Scrooge learns that people can be happy even if they are without money. Scrooge views reality in purely materialist terms. The Ghost of Christmas Present...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 1:52 pm UTC

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In Stave Two of "A Christmas Carol," the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey in which he revisits his days at boarding school. In this memory, Fan comes to collect Scrooge from...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 11:55 am UTC

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Holly is very symbolic of the Christmas season, so the Spirit of Christmas Present would naturally have a sprig of holly. "At the time when Dickens was writing, the Christmas tradition was...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2008 7:39 am UTC

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To write a thesis statement for a literary analysis paper on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, begin by thinking about what aspect of the novel you would like to evaluate in depth. The novel is...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 5:40 am 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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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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Scrooge has no reaction to snow or any other external forces. At the beginning of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge lives a lonely existence and is very much in his own world. He is not affected by the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 3:59 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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Scrooge seems to use the term to describe anything that he thinks of as nonsense. It's his way of expressing his disdain for whatever subject is being discussed or whatever event is at hand. When...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 3:46 am UTC

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The theme of family is a significant one in "A Christmas Carol," and the author's overall message is that in order to live a happy life you must take care of and embrace your family. You must have...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 4:17 am UTC

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Although A Christmas Carol was not written during the Gothic period, Ebeneezer Scrooge has several characteristics that can be considered "Gothic." The first of these is that he has almost all of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020 7:54 am UTC

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We could also argue that the second ghost who visits Scrooge—the Ghost of Christmas Present—represents the true meaning of Christmas. In other words, he represents the abundance and joy which we...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 6:01 pm UTC

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One allusion made by the narrator in stave one refers to Bedlam, an insane asylum. When Scrooge's nephew, Fred, comes to visit him at his place of business, Fred is cheerful and kind and hopes...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 1:24 am UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come shows Scrooge three businessmen talking about someone who's recently passed away. It's clear that they never had much time for the man when he was alive. One of...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018 9:28 am UTC

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In Stave One of A Christmas Carol, Dickens makes Scrooge's priorities in life very clear to the reader. He is greedy, for example, and places a high value on creating and maintaining his personal...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 1:06 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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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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When Scrooge sees the back of Marley's coat through his waistcoat, the author remarks: Scrooge had often heard it said that Marley had no bowels, but he had never believed it until now. The...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:03 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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At the beginning of the story, in Stave I, we get a physical description intermingled with a description of his personality. "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose,...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 12:15 am UTC

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is set in London, England. The exact year is not specified, but it is during the Industrial Revolution, sometime in the early 1800s. London is divided between the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 4:45 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Present says he has more than 1,800 brothers. Since A Christmas Carol was written in the 1800s, the Ghost is referring to all the Christmases that have gone by since the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2017 11:50 pm UTC

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At the end of the first stave, Scrooge attempts to put out the Ghost of Christmas Past's light by taking the extinguisher cap by force and pressing it down on the ghost's head. Scrooge's effort,...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 6:59 pm UTC

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Bob Cratchit dearly loves Tiny Tim, as he does every member of his family. Scrooge sees this with his own eyes when the Ghost of Christmas Present shows him a glimpse of life inside the Cratchit...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 7:22 am UTC

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The meaning of Charles Dickens's preface to his work A Christmas Carol is to provide a humorous, tongue-in-cheek allusion to what the reader is about to get and to allay any fears the reader might...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020 9:48 pm UTC

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Scrooge is terribly rude to Fred when his nephew wishes him a Merry Christmas on Christmas Eve and responds with his signature "Bah! Humbug." He says to Fred: "What right have you to be merry?...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 12:40 am UTC

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As the earlier answer noted, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four spirits during his transformative night in Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. In Stave I of Dickens’ story, the miserly,...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 4:36 am UTC

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In the scene of the Cratchit family dinner, Martha, the oldest daughter, has returned from work for the evening—she is, evidently, in service and likely lives where she works—and all the children...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020 11:02 am UTC

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A perennial favorite of audiences of all ages, A Christmas Carol is a classical tale of a miserly old man who finds himself confronted with his present, past, and future. In this confrontation,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2014 8:51 am UTC

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Dickens presents the effects of poverty in a number of ways in Stave One of A Christmas Carol. The entire story is predicated on the idea of greed and its effects, particularly as related to the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 12:17 pm UTC

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When Scrooge tells the Ghost of Christmas Present that he has never met anyone like the ghost before, the spirit is somewhat incredulous. The spirit is quite large, and he has a "genial face," a...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017 10:00 pm UTC

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There is a heavy supernatural and spiritual element in A Christmas Carol that works against Scrooge's emphasis on hoarding material goods in the present moment, as if there are no consequences...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018 1:20 am UTC

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