A Christmas Carol

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  • Symbolism
  • "Leave me! Take me back. Haunt me no longer!"(640)
  • Symbolism
  • "I wear the chain I forged in life"(628)
  • "The chain he drew was clasped around the middle. I was long, and wound about him like a tail; and it was made (for Scrooge observed it closely) of cashboxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel."(627)
  • Internal Conflict
  • "No..no I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just not. That's all."(638)
  • In this scene, Scrooge is trying to put out the Ghost of Christmas Past's light above his head in order to make the ghost go away and so he can return back to his room. Scrooge wanting to put the spirit out symbolizes that he is trying to put out the guiding light of his past. However you cannot escape your past.
  • Internal Conflict
  • The chain of Marley's ghost has cash boxes and locks on it. Marley explains how he created the chain by his actions and now he has to live with it forever These cash boxes and locks symbolize how Marley was greedy and only cared about money, and it still haunts him even after he died. Scrooge is worried the same thing will happen to him.
  • Indirect Characterization
  • One of Scrooge's internal conflicts is that he feels bad for treating his clerk so poorly. After seeing how Mr. Fezziwig invited everyone to his Christmas party, rich or poor, Scrooge regretted how he acted towards his clerk, Bob Cratchit.
  • Theme
  • "God bless us everyone!"(648)
  • "A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God Bless us!"(648)
  • Scrooge's second internal conflict is when he regrets scaring the solitary caroler away. When the Ghost of Christmas Past brings Scrooge back to his old boarding school where he was lonely as a young boy, Scrooge remembers what it is like to not have many friends, especially around Christmastime. He realizes that the caroler most likely did not have many friends so he felt bad.
  • "A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still."(634)
  • "Nothing..Nothing. There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something. That's all"(635)
  • Scrooge is indirectly characterized as greedy and stingy by his actions at work. He only allows his clerk one coal because he does not want to use up all his coal. As a result, it is dark and cold at Scroge's work , but Scrooge does not care because he would rather be cold and in darkness than have to pay for coal.
  • "Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for scrooge kept the coalbox in his own room"(622)
  • One of the themes of A Christmas Carol is that you do not need money to be happy. The Cratchits do not have a lot of money because Scrooge barely pays Bob anything, so they do not have a big Christmas dinner, but they are still happy and thankful for each other. Bob even suggests toasting to Scrooge because Scrooge is the person that payed Bob the little bit of money that was used for food. The Cratchits are happy even though they barely have money.
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