A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Overview
Main Characters
Numbers
Ebenezer Scrooge, owner of a London accounting firm, has no patien friends, family, or Christmas; all he cares about is money. He is greed hateful toward the poor, including his impoverished, shivering employee. One night the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Scrooge and completely transform his outlook.
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Shows Scrooge his lonely death
Ghost of Christmas Present
Shows Scrooge the, Cratchits' poverty and hardship
Ghost of Christmas Past
Shows Scrooge in his younger years
Scrooge
Miser obsessed with his own wealth
Fred
Scrooge's nephew; loves Christmas traditions
Bob Cratchit
Bob Cratchit's son; kind boy with a physical disability
Tiny Tim
Double agent working with WICKED and the Gladers
Jacob Marley
Ghost of Scrooge's business partner; carries heavy chains.
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Weeks it took Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
~15
Miles Dickens walked at night to clear his head while writing the novella
1853
Year of Dickens's first public reading of A Christmas Carol
~6,000
Copies sold over the Christmas season in 1843
Themes
Redemption
Wealth vs Poverty
Time
Scrooge starts out as a greedy, miserable man but becomes a loving, generous friend.
Scrooge represents the very rich in society, while Bob Cratchit represents the very poor.
Scrooge must fight against time—his own and Tiny Tim's—to make a difference before it's too late.
Author
CHARLES DICKENS 1812-70
As an appreciator of Christmas festivities, Dickens was inspired to write A Christmas Carol after witnessing children in extreme poverty in London. His goal was to encourage those with resources to help and educate those without. The classic holiday story has delighted generations of viewers and readers.
Symbols
Marley's Chain
Tiny Tim
Symbolizes Marley's lifetime of greed
Represents society's poor, neglected children
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