The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge

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  • Theme
  • Indirect Characterization
  • In this scene, Scrooge indirectly characterizes himself to be cruel. His actions cause the boy to run away, adding to the idea of Scrooge's cruelty.
  • "Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror..." (624)
  • Symbolism
  • Symbolism
  • The Ghost of Christmas past is symbolic of the light of Christmas. The light of the ghost's crown is just one specific detail about the ghost that adds to the ghost's symbolism.
  • "It was a strange figure-- like a child;yet not so like a child as like an old man... but the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown sprang a bright clear jet of light..." (632)
  • Internal Conflict
  • Indirect Characterization
  • This demonstrates internal conflict because Scrooge wants to change, butt his past Christmases and his feelings about the holiday [prevent him from doing so.
  • "What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever one to him?" (634)
  • The theme of A Christmas Carol is the imprtance of Christmas spirit.
  • The grave is symbolic of what will happen in the future if Scrooge does not change soon.
  • Scrooge crept towards it; trembling as he went; and, following the finger,read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, EBENEZER SCROOGE" (663)
  • The description of the surroundings and the comparisons to Scrooge is a form of indirect characterization because it is allows the reader to compare him to something most people are familiar with, as well as allows the readers to establish that Scrooge has a cold personality.
  • No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty (621)
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