What does Cratchit ask for from Scrooge?Christmas Carol summary

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the author has Bob Cratchit ask for a day off on Christmas Day for a reason. Scrooge's reaction will showcase his whole personality to the reader, saving the author a whole lot of work, although of coursde he does go on to expand the character further.

In the novel, Scrooge will have one last chance to show charity and common human kindness before his soul goes to its eternal rest - and reward - or otherwise. Dickens wishes to highlight the money-grubbing,penny-pinching,avaricious,self-serving attitude of Victorian business to the working man. In one answer we see Scrooge show his true colours he refuses a loyal, industrious worker and family man time with his struggling family on Christmas Day - he is economical to the point of extremes and,as he is not poor, he has no excuse.Cratchit only wanted a day off with pay. The mean habit has become so ingrained in Scrooge that he no longer sees himself doing it - or as others see him. This is what the spirits will be sent to show him.

fezziwig eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cratchit simply asks Scrooge for Christmas Day off, with pay of course. Scrooge begrudingly gives him the day off, but not without a lecture and not without an attempt of making Cratchit feel guilty for, as Scrooge says, taking Christmas day off with pay is like "picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December." This statement obviously implies that Cratchit is stealing money from Scrooge for taking Christmas Day off.

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