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A Christmas Carol

The famous novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells of a cold-hearted miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who dislikes Christmas and refuses to socialize during the holiday. On Christmas Eve,...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

It's clear from the very beginning of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol that Ebenezer Scrooge has disavowed any personal responsibility whatsoever for his fellow man. His only concerns are for...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 7:50 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The Ghost of Christmas Present tells Scrooge that he has "More than eighteen hundred" brothers, and he suggests that Scrooge could have "walked forth," or gotten to know by some experience with the...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 5:30 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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What the Ghost actually shows is the Cratchit family celebrating Christmas together. They are the working poor, for, as we know, Bob Cratchit has a steady full-time job as Scrooge's clerk. He is...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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The "kind hand" belongs to the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, which is showing Ebenezer Scrooge the deserted and neglected grave that is fated to be his after showing him the joy with which many...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 10:25 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In Stave 5 of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge wakes up disoriented. He does not know what day it is, and he is relieved that his possessions are still there. It means the events of his dream did not...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 6:33 pm 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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Here are a few more idioms used in A Christmas Carol: Scrooge had often heard it said that Marley had no bowels, but he had never believed it until now. The body of Marley's ghost is completely...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017 10:17 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

Dickens portrays prisons as taking advantage of the poor, when society should be providing for them. Dickens wrote this book with a definite social message in mind. In Stave One, Scrooge is...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015 3:38 am UTC

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Rather than focusing entirely on Scrooge's shortcomings, let's take a look at some of his strengths. For example, Scrooge is scrupulously honest. Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 8:57 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

When two gentlemen stop at Scrooge's offices early in Stave I of A Christmas Carol, one of them asks Scrooge to make "some slight provision" for the "poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 11:46 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The majority (not all) of the negative descriptions of Ebenezer Scrooge come in the first stave of the story. This is where we get to know Scrooge and dislike him. As the story goes on the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 4:20 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

This quote is taken from the first stave of A Christmas Carol and, to understand its significance, we must look at its position in the text. At this point, Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 10:04 pm UTC

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The three ghosts that Scrooge encounters not only tell him things they wish him to know, but also reveal symbolic insights through the descriptions Dickens uses to present them. For example, The...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2016 3:49 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The setting of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" is London in the early 1800s, the height of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution took place approximately from 1760 to 1840....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 7:19 pm UTC

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Scrooge will not suffer his nephew's good cheer when he comes to visit his uncle's office. When Fred, Scrooge's jovial nephew, visits his uncle, he calls out swiftly as he enters, "A merry...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 8:04 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The ghost of Jacob Marley tells his old partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, that, in the afterlife, he is like a "captive, bound, and double-ironed," because he is not only imprisoned by his heavy chains,...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 10:11 pm UTC

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What Fred actually says is the following: I am sorry, with all my heart, to find you so resolute. We have never had any quarrel, to which I have been a party. But I have made the trial in homage...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 1:04 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

We know that Ebenezer Scrooge is a man with no friends and also a man who listens to no one but himself. Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015 4:34 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In the context of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly, wealthy and exceedingly unpleasant Ebenezer Scrooge habitually rejects the spirit of the holiday season, preferring to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2014 2:37 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Past represents what Scrooge used to be. Back in the day, Scrooge was a cheerful soul who used to enjoy the festive season. He was the life and soul of the party, dancing and...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 7:33 am UTC

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Stave IV is the visit of the last spirit, the Ghost of Christmas yet to come. Unlike the other spirits, this ghost does not speak and is shrouded in all black. As the ghost takes him through the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012 1:47 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

In Stave One of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is described as a "tight-fisted hand at the grindstone" and as "hard and sharp as flint." He does not donate money to charity, does not want to give Bob...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 1:29 pm UTC

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Scrooge is a complex character. While he is a moody pennypincher in the beginning of the story, he grows and evolves as he confronts the past that made him the way he is, and the people whose...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 1:24 am UTC

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Jacob Marley had the greatest effect on Scrooge, because he created the opportunity for his transformation. There was not just one character who had an influence on Scrooge. However, since Jacob...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 4:15 am UTC

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Dickens is quite clear in his preface as to why he is writing this book. The preface itself is rich with the humor that defined Dickens's writing in general: he uses puns upon the word "ghost" to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 2:00 pm UTC

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The Spirit reminds Scrooge that his sister died young. When Scrooge is visited by the Spirit of Christmas Past, he sees visions from his past. These visions help the reader understand how Scrooge...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2015 5:37 am UTC

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The theme of the supernatural is presented in A Christmas Carol in the spirits that come to visit Scrooge, including the ghost of his deceased partner Jacob Marley. When the first spirit, Marley’s...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The climax to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--the quintessential holiday tale of hope and transformation--comes in the final chapter (stave) of the play. After a night spent with the visiting...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 3:42 am UTC

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A Christmas Carol

Dickens uses many techniques, including idioms, hyperbole, and imagery. Figurative language is used throughout A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It is language not meant to be taken literally....

Latest answer posted November 12, 2015 2:51 am UTC

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Fred, like most people, loves Christmas. Scrooge most certainly does not. Fred comes to Scrooge's house to wish him the compliments of the season and to invite him over for Christmas dinner....

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017 3:54 pm UTC

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Scrooge and Marley were former business partners until Marley's death, some seven years before the beginning of the book. According to the narrator, Scrooge was the executor of Marley's will, his...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 1:14 pm UTC

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I think what is important to remember about the way Scrooge acts toward his nephew is that in the beginning of the story, he is in his own world, not realizing necessarily how harshly he comes...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 10:39 pm UTC

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Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation is one of the most significant in all of Western literature. In the beginning of his story, he is described as a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 10:34 pm UTC

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the most frightening because of everything that it represents. A lot of people compare this ghost to Death, but it becomes even scarier when you consider it to...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 1:15 pm UTC

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After seeing the scene of himself as a lonely, forgotten boy at school on many Christmases, Scrooge regrets how he acted the night before. A small boy had sung a Christmas carol at his door, but...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 10:28 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a novella or short novel. Although A Christmas Carol is divided into five Staves that might be confused with a five-act play at first glance, Dickens’s story...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 11:09 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

The classic story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells of the selfish miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts that reveal to him past, present, and future in...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 8:21 pm UTC

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A Christmas Carol

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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I think that Dickens is able to develop the relationship between Scrooge and the other characters through the power of transformation. It is through Scrooge's emotional transformation and change...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 2:29 pm UTC

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That is an intelligent question. It brings up a fundamental question of selectivity. Dickens does not give an answer, but I think the basic idea is taken from a Christian worldview. The west is...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 9:28 pm UTC

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In Stave III of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present, the third of the three spirits that visit Ebenezer Scrooge this night, takes the miserly, angry old man to a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 4:20 am UTC

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The main allusion in Stave One of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is to Prince Hamlet from Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet.” In this case, the allusion is a reference to another piece of literature...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2015 7:40 pm UTC

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There are many reasons to admire and enjoy Dickens's writing, and this passage from A Christmas Carol reveals this. To establish the jollity of this Victorian Christmas, Dickens likens chestnuts to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2010 5:12 am UTC

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I would say that part of this answer should consider the striking contrast between Scrooge as he is characterized in Stave One, compared with Scrooge as he is characterized at the conclusion of the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 4:23 am UTC

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At the beginning of A Christmas Carol in Prose, abundant evidence is provided to support the conclusion that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser who doesn't want to spend any more money than is absolutely...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 3:38 am UTC

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When Scrooge visits his nephew Fred's house with the Ghost of Christmas Present, he observes them playing games, one of which is called Yes or No. The narrator describes this game, saying, It was...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018 3:26 am UTC

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In the first stave of A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Jacob Marley visits Scrooge. The purpose of his visit is to warn Scrooge of some impending visitors, as Marley explains, "You will be...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 11:20 am UTC

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When Scrooge visits the Christmas celebrations of Bob Cratchit's family, he listens as Tiny Tim blesses the family. A moment of foreshadowing follows this proclamation: He sat very close to his...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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