Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol

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Book analysis - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

"I have endeavored in this ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an idea, which shall not pull my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Their faithful friend and servant, C.D. December 1843"

A Christmas Carol is a novel written by the English writer and social critic Charles Dickens, one of the most renowned novelists of the Victorian Era. The book became extremely popular since its release in 1843. It has influenced the way people in England and all over the world think about ...

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ever struck out generous fire; secret and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster" (The Christmas Carols' Original manuscript from 1843)

The book also approaches subjects such as generosity of spirit, importance of memory, and social justice. This can be seen clearly when the ghost of Marley reminds Scrooge that "Mankind was his business", while Scrooge himself can only see his business as a financial obligation in order to succeed in life. After his death, Marley had learned that "business" is not only one's financial obligations, but mankind itself. Mankind in general is not only his business, but also Scrooges and everyone else's business, too.

Summary of the book:

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable and selfish man who despises Christmas. He owns an office in London with his partner Marley. Since Marley's death seven years ago (an event which is proven to be of extreme importance for the development of the book) he works with his abused and underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit, ...

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the Christmas celebration of the humble Cratchit family, where he sees that, although poor, the family of his abused employee is very happy and united. Regardless of Scrooge being so harsh on them, they cannot wish him any harm, instead nothing but a merry Christmas. He also becomes aware that their lack of money, food and good life conditions, can cause the death of poor Tiny Tim, and Scrooge feels responsible for it. The torch in the hand of the spirit has the utility to give a special flavor to the feast of those who were "covered" with its light. At the end of Scrooges' journey with the Spirit, it reveals two children under its mantle. Two terrible creatures; Ignorance and ...

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