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What is the theme of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?  

The themes of A Christmas Carol include the possibility of redemption, the damaging effects of isolation, and the importance of love and compassion. Each of these themes is displayed through Scrooge's transformation from a miserly, greedy, and lonely man into an empathetic and kind individual.

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It could be suggested that there are multiple themes to Charles DickensA Christmas Carol . Dickens’s story, of course, is about a miserly old businessman living a solitary life whose every interaction with other citizens in town invariably turns negative. Ebenezer Scrooge has lost the only person with whom he regularly associated and with whom there was a compatibility involving the zero-sum game of business in which they worked closely as partners. Scrooge, as readers of Dickens’s story and viewers of any of the innumerable adaptations of this story for the big and small screen know, resents those who occupy his small universe, not least of which is his loyal and kindly assistant, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge’s negative attitude towards the world around him includes his disdain for Christmas, a season the town’s residents associate with merriment and expressions of goodwill. For Scrooge, the holiday represents nothing more than a paid day of leave for Cratchit and a noticeable...

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