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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

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What is the main message of A Christmas Carol?

The main message of A Christmas Carol is the importance of kindness, generosity, and compassion. As he develops these qualities, Scrooge finds true joy.

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The main message of A Christmas Carol is the importance of love, kindness, and generosity.

At the beginning of the story, Ebenezer Scrooge has become a bitter old shell of a man with no compassion or kindness in his heart. Through visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, Scrooge is forced to take a long, hard look at his life. Throughout his journey with the ghosts, Scrooge is reminded of the people he once loved, and his heart is softened by glimpses of the suffering he has caused by his hard-nosed approach to life and business.

Between his encounters with the ghosts and the glimpse he is given into the life of his employee Bob Cratchit and his family (especially the frail Tiny Tim), Scrooge is a changed man. In the true spirit of Christmas, he has a huge turkey delivered to the Cratchit family and resolves to visit his nephew later in the day.

It is therefore evident that the message of this Dickens classic is the importance of the character traits that Scrooge gains along his journey: kindness, compassion, and generosity. With his transformation, Scrooge finds true joy, and Dickens describes Scrooge's future as a happy one.

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