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This story takes place in London, England. The time is winter December 1843 and it starts the day before Christmas, also known as Christmas Eve.
Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character of the story, All 3 ghosts visit him. Through him, the lesson of the story is to be learned. In the book, he is made out to be Anti-Christmas, some are feeling pity for him, other hostility.
"External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he…Nobody ever stopped in the street to say, with gladsome looks, ‘My dear Scrooge, how are you? When will you come to see me?’. No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o’clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge."
Next there is Tiny Tim, he has to use a crutch to walk and he is very small. Despite his disability, he always keeps the spirit up and tries to maintain it in all his brothers, sisters, and parents, even though they are poor.
" He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember, upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see." This quote just shows how thoughtful he is, and how much he cares for others.
Tiny Tim’s father Bob is an employee of Scrooge and he is the only one in the Cratchit family that is thankful to Scrooge, because of the job and the pay that he has given him to support his family and keep food in their stomachs.
The last but not least major character is Scrooge’s nephew, Fred. He seems to be the only person who comes to converse with Scrooge and offer him anything. In this case, Fred offered him an invitation to his house for Christmas dinner. Fred is convinced at the beginning of the story that Scrooge doesn’t really mean "Bah!…Humbug!" No matter how many times he says it.
"He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge’s, that he was all in a glow; his face ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again.
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As I said before, Fred is one of the few that feels pity for Scrooge.
The book starts off talking about Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s former business partner. It basically says that he "was dead as a door-nail"
In the beginning of the book two men came in to Scrooges office and asked for a donation but he sent them away quickly. At this point in the book, Scrooge is not made out to be a nice, caring, giving man.
When Scrooge goes home, he is confronted by the ghost of Marley who tells him that he will be haunted by three spirits, the three following days, each at one o’clock.
The first spirit that comes is the Ghost of Christmas Past. This spirit takes Scrooge back to his childhood where he sees a very lonely boy caught in his books without a friend.
Then they skip ahead in time and see when Scrooge was an student to Mr. Fizziwig. This episode shows the Christmas party that Old Fizziwig threw and here is where he met the love of his life.
The scene skips to when the woman tells him that she has been replaced by his money and that there is no more room for her.
After this, the first Ghost leaves. The next ghost, the Ghost of Christmas shows him how his hostility toward others affect the way people live. The majority of the trip takes place at the Cratchits home.
Then Scrooge is transported to his nephew Fred’s house where he is having his Christmas party. He then sees that even his nephew makes fun of him. Then the ghost takes him to what would be considered the bad part of town, under a bridge. There he sees a truly poor family, this one without a home. Even here the family stays together and refuses to be broken up, despite their situation.
The ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Is appearing, This ghost is very mysterious, never talk. It only points with it’s long, narrow fingers. The scene again is the Cratchits, this time sorrow instead of joy. Tiny Tim has died and the family mourns his death. Bob just returned from the cemetery and comments about how beautiful it is.
The ghost takes Scrooge to the cemetery where he sees his own gravestone. From this point on Scrooge begs the ghost to let him change his lifestyle and try to change it for the better. When Scrooge wakes up he realizes that it is Christmas Day. He starts his new life of good will by buying a prize goose for the Cratchits. Then he makes a donation to the men that he send away the day before and he joins his nephew Fred for his Christmas dinner and Tiny Tim lives!
To start with this is a classical book that has been done in several different versions. The book shows that you should be kind to your “next”, and also that everybody gets a second chance to make things better. I my selves thinks that this is a great book and it has a good message. It’s a good example for everybody.
“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”
A Christmas Carol
By: Charles Dickens