Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol displays many themes that are still relevent to life today. One of these themes is ; money does not dictate a person's happiness, love and family do.
The Cratchit Family
By Julia Evers
The theme is shown at the Cratchit household when the entire family is gathered around the fireplace with their custard in hand. Despite being poor and desperate for money the family is full of joy and love. The small children are excited, and even Tiny Tim, in his fragile state, has happiness to share exclaiming "God bless us everyone!"(648). The family is purely happy to be together, and the subject of money, or lack of, is never even mentioned.
The Ghost of Jacob Marley
The theme is shown in the scene where Scrooge's worst fears are confirmed, that he is the dead man which so many people despised. This relates to the theme because here we see that even though Scrooge lived a life full of riches, he ended up dying alone, with no one to love or mourn him. He was hated by so many because of the life he lived. People on the street were not saddened by his death, instead they said things such as "I thought he'd never die"(658) and made jokes about his passing. So even though he was rich in life. He was alone and unhappy in life.
Scrooge and Belle
This scene depicts Fezziwig's party which he throws for all his workers , friends, and family. This displays the theme that money does n't determine someone's happiness because although Fezziwig spent very little on the party,"he spent but a few punds of your mortal money:three or four perhaps"(637) but everyone at the party is bursting with joy to be with one another on Christmas eve that the amount of money spent has no signifigance to them.
This scene shows when Jacob Marley comes to tell Scroogeof the three Spirits that will come to haunt him that night. This shows the theme because like Scrooge, Marley in life was wealthy but he only ever was devoted to his work and money he says that "in life my spirit never rove beyond the narrow limits of our money-changing hole;"(628). He never shared any kindness and this doomed him in his after life. Leaving him misreble with his chains of regret and in a constant tortured stae for all of eternity.
The theme is shown in the scene with the ghost of Christmas past where Belle decides to break off her engagement with Scrooge. She tells him that "another idol has replaced me". When he inquires what this may be she tells him "a golden one"(638). Belle means that money has replaced her in Scrooge's heart. The theme is displayed in this scene because although Scroog e has a surplus of money, his fiance is not happy with him because he doesn't love her.