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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

(Summary and activities by Fran Roberts, M. Ed.)

Its hard to imagine a Christmas season without the story of old Scrooge, Bah Humbug! and God bless us, every one. At the time this story was written (1843), the generous spirit of Christmas charity was scant in England. Many people did not believe in generosity to the poor. Instead, they believed the poor somehow brought poverty upon themselves.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

In a clever play on words, Dickens divides the book into 5 staves instead of chapters. Staves is a musical term, in keeping with the title, A Christmas Carol which, of course, is a song.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Overview-- Ebenezer Scrooge, a tight-fisted and bitter man, is visited by three spirits to bring about his redemption before his death. He learns to love his fellow man after being shown the love and generosity that symbolizes Christmas.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Jacob Marley, Scrooges partner has been dead, 7 years to the day that our story begins.

The first scene unfolds in the cold cheerless office of Scrooges counting house.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

As his faithful clerk Bob Cratchit toils, Scrooge is visited by his nephew and invited to Christmas dinner the next day. Scrooge declares that those who celebrate Christmas should be boiled in their own pudding and dismisses him.

Two men who come seeking donations for the poor are dismissed with Scrooges wish that the poor would die and decrease the surplus population.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Jacob Marleys visit is dismissed as more gravy than grave by Scrooge, but it ends up setting the stage for the three ghosts. Which ghosts message most resembles that of Jacob Marleys?

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Pay careful attention to the three ghosts. Each message has a specific effect on Scrooge.

What does the ghost of Christmas past remind Scrooge of?

Whose generous heart touches Scrooge in the present?

What does Scrooges future hold if he continues to be greedy and self-absorbed?

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Personification

Personification

Dickens portrays Ignorance and Want as two frail, ghastly children.

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