The Cratchits - A Christmas Carol

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  • The Cratchits
    • Quotes
      • 'on which one drinks to health of such an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man as Mr. Scrooge'
        • Bob Cratchit symbolises forgiveness - he toasts to Scrooge, despite his horrible work conditions
        • Shows how generous Bob Cratchit is - even though he is treated poorly Cratchit still appreciates Scrooge
      • '[he] tried to warm himself at the candle'
        • Bob takes orders from his bad tempered boss, Ebenezer Scrooge without complaining
      • 'My little, little child! cried Bob'
        • Bob Cratchit - cries openly when his son Tiny Tim is dead
        • This scene is very significant as this is the only point we see Bob being very sensitive
      • 'It's only once a year, sir, pleaded Bob, appearing from the tank'
        • Shows that Bob is afraid of Scrooge's reaction when he arrives late to work after Christmas Day
        • Fearful
    • Key Events
      • Bob Cratchit works for Scrooge, but he isn't greatly treated well by Scrooge
      • The Cratchits are a poor family but they have very big hearts which makes them very rich
      • When Scrooge is taken to the Cratchits, Tiny Tim is then shown to be  Dead. (if Scrooge doesn't start to care for the poor)
      • The Cratchits cherish what they have which can be seen when they are all happy and together
      • Tiny Tim is the light of Bob's life but he's very ill and needs medical treatment that Bob Cratchit cannot afford
    • Context
      • The Cratchits family could represent Dickens and his family during the time when they were in poverty
      • The Cratchit family also show how the poor are mistreated, this can be seen when Cratchit isn't paid enough or when he has to beg for a day off to spend Christmas with his family
      • Bob Cratchit has come to symbolise poor working conditions, especially long hours that the poor would have to work to earn so little

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