A Christmas Carol

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  • "I wear the chain I forged in life... I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my free will, and of my own free will I wore it."
  • Marley's chains are symbolic. Each of Marley's chains symbolize a bad action that he had done in his life time. He is warning Scrooge to change his ways or else he will be locked up forever in miserable chains.
  • Symbolism
  • By keeping the door open, it shows that Scrooge doesn't trust his clerk. He thought the clerk would not do his work. Scrooge does not trust anyone.
  • Indirect Characterization
  • The door of Scrooge's counting house was open, that he might keep his eye upon his clerk.
  • Coal Box
  • Symbolism
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past symbolizes how light will be shed on Scrooge's past. Scrooge tries to bury the Ghost by putting his cap on. He does this because Scrooge wants to block out his past. For Scrooge his past is painful.
  • But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprang a bright jet of light.
  • "At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at this present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
  • This indirectly characterizes Scrooge as uncaring. The portly gentlemen are asking Scrooge to donate money to poor people. Scrooge replies with "Are there no prisons?" This shows that Scrooge thinks all poor people should be in prison. Scrooge also thinks that poor people are useless and cannot do anything.
  • "Are there no prisons?"
  • Indirect Characterization
  • "I would gladly think otherwise if I could... I do; and I release you."
  • "Tell me, would you seek me out and try to win me? Ah, no!"
  • The theme is the power of greed. Scrooge was so greedy that he cared about money more than Belle. Belle was sick of Scrooge's greediness toward wealth, so she dumped him. Scrooge was taken over by the power of greed and that is why he lost Belle.
  • "You think not."
  • Theme
  • "He had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
  • "Tell me if Tiny Tim will live."
  • No, no. Oh no, kind Spirit! Say he will be spared."
  • Internal Conflict
  • "If these shadows remain unaltered by Future, the child will die."
  • This is an internal conflict for Scrooge because he feels bad. Scrooge realizes how poorly he had treated Bob Cratchit. Scrooge also feels sad because he doesn't want Tiny Tim to die. The Ghost uses Scrooge's own words against him which makes Scrooge think of how uncaring he was.
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