How characters are presented in A Christmas Carol

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Scrooge quotes Staves 1 vs 5

1."Squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!"

5."I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel. I am as merry as a school boy, I am as giddy as a drunken man."

1."Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding with a stake of holly through his heart."

5."Merry Christmas to you!"

1."No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock"

5."...patted children on the head, and questioned beggars,"

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Bob Cratchit quotes

4."Poor", "Little", "Small" - vulnerable, pituful meaning rather than referencing their wealth.

3."Had been Tim's blood horse all the way home" vs 4."Walked a little slower... these last few evenings." - Slower without the weight of his son, but weighed down by loss and grief.

3."...a sudden declension in his high spirits (Martha missing)" Shows he is very family oriented and cares deeply about sharing Christmas with his family. 

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Tiny Tim

3."Good as gold" - as precious to them as gold. 

3."little crutch" "cripple" - represents those that Scrooge (and Malthus) believe to be a waste of resources and that it's Tiny Tim's own fault for his situation

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1. "A Merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" - Has the Christmas spirit, and is doing his best to connect with his only living blood relative, no matter how futile. Fred is persistent and isn't afraid to challenge Scrooge's negative attitude.

1. "his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled” - filled with optimism and happiness, the opposite of Scrooge and his bitterness.

3.“I am sorry for him; I couldn’t be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims? Himself, always -Fred both pities and defends his uncle despite his wife and others criticising him, because he understands that there is no harm in reaching out to him, and that he will suffer nothing from trying.

5.“Let him in!" - Fred is eager to welcome his uncle with open arms regardless of Scrooge's treatment of him in the past. This shows forgiveness and that he recognises that Scrooge's actions have punished him more than enough in the past. He is rewarded for his persistence with Scrooge in the past.

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Marley's Ghost

1."I cannot rest, I cannot stay, I cannot linger anywhere" "Incessant torture of remorse" - restless and filled with regret.

1. "I am her tonight to warn you" He's acting selflessly, helping Scrooge even though he has no hope of redemption for himself.

1."I wear the chain I forged in life" "It was as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago" - Suggest that scrooge is worse than him and might have a worse fate than him.

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