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A Christmas Carol. By: Charles Dickens. Characters. Ebenezer Scrooge : hard hearted, miserly businessman Fred : Scrooge’s kindhearted nephew Bob Cratchit : Scrooge’s overworked and underpaid clerk

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A christmas carol

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens


Characters
Characters

  • Ebenezer Scrooge: hard hearted, miserly businessman

  • Fred: Scrooge’s kindhearted nephew

  • Bob Cratchit: Scrooge’s overworked and underpaid clerk

  • The Cratchit Family: comprises Bob, his wife, and several children, including the crippled, but always cheerful, Tiny Tim

  • Marley’s Ghost: spirit of Scrooge’s former business partner (Jacob)

  • Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas yet to Come


Setting
Setting

  • 19th Century

  • London

  • Christmas Eve

  • Christmas Day


Themes
Themes

  • Society’s evils are largely the work of human beings, but with equal clarity, each person has the power to do the right thing

  • Through three ghosts, Scrooge discovers that money cannot buy true happiness

  • It is a privilege and duty to make the world a better place


Theme continued
Theme Continued…

  • The Power to Choose…

    • Although Scrooge has been miserly and hardhearted for many years, when he decides to change, he undergoes a transformation. Convinced by Marley and the Christmas Ghosts that his indifference to others has almost ruined his life, Scrooge chooses good over evil and continues that path for the rest of his life.


Themes continued
Themes Continued…

  • Can Money Buy Happiness?

    • Despite his wealth, Scrooge is a profoundly unhappy man. He can afford to live comfortably, but he deprives himself of even such small pleasures as light and heat. Meanwhile, others characters demonstrate that satisfaction in life does not arise solely from material wealth.


Money buying happiness
Money Buying Happiness

Characters with Money

  • Mr. Fezziwig

  • Scrooge’s nephew

  • The portly gentlmen

Characters without Money

  • Cratchits