“They were not a handsome family, they were not well dressed...their clothes were scanty...But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time; and when they faded, they looked happier” (Dickens, 649)
"He has the power to render us happy or unhappy...Say that his power lies in words and looks; In things so slight and insignificant ...What then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune." (Dickens, 637)
"Two men..watched the light had made a fire...joining their horny hands over the rough table..they wished each other Merry Christmas in their can of grog..one of them...with his face all damaged and scarred..stuck up a sturdy song" (Dickens, 651)
This scene was at the Cratchits home. Although they were poor and had raggedy clothes they were still happy. They had a successful life full of love and family and they were exceptionally happy. They didn’t need to be rich to be happy or sucessful.
"His wealth is of no use to him. He don't do any good with it. He don't make himself comfortable with it. He hasn't the satisfaction of thinking...that he is every going to benefit us with it." (652)
This scene is after Scrooge visits his old boss Fezziwig's fun party for his friends and coworkers. This develops the theme because Scrooge is realizing that money isn’t all that matters. He realized that Fezziwig’s power isn’t his amount of money, it is that he is able to make others feel happy and loved. Scrooge realizes that Fezziwig is a successful man, and not because of the money that he makes, but because of the love and happiness that he gives.
This scene was showed to Scrooge by the Ghost of Christmas Present. Scrooge watched the two men sit and even though they had a "rough table" and a damaged and scarred face they still were happy with their lives and each other. They were clearly not the wealthiest people but they were still joyful and felt successful in their lives. This shows the theme because although the men are poor, they are still successful and happy with their lives.
This scene was at Fred's Christmas party. Fred was explaining that even though Scrooge was rich he still has an awful life. Even though Scrooge has lots of money, he doesn't use it to benefit anyone, barely even himself. He doesn't even use it for his own comfort.This demonstrates the theme because Scrooge is wealthy, yet he doesn't have a very successful life compared to others who might not be rich in money but they are rich in love.
The theme of "A Christmas Carol" is success isn't measured in happiness. Scrooge learned that even though he may be rich he wasn't very successful in life. Other people, such as Bob Cratchit may be poor but they are happy and successful in their lives. Throughout the novel Scrooge realizes that money doesn't guarantee a successful life, to be successful you have to be truly happy with yourself and those around you.