A Christmas Carol Revision Detailed Characters Descriptions (Quotes inc.)




Relevant Quotes: 

  • 'Solitary as an oyster' -> 'His own heart laughed'(Simile + Personification) 
  • ‘Hard and sharp as flint’ (Simile) 
  • Are there no prisons, […] Union Workhouses […] The Treadmill and Poor Law are in full vigour? 
  • ‘He tried to say 'humbug' but stopped at the first syllable' (Repetition (of humbug)) 
  • 'I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy'(List of Similes) 
  • ’I hope to live to be another man from what I was' 
  • I will live in the past, the present, and the future' 


  • Moral < Material 
  • Believes that poor should be sent to workhouses/prisons -> Poor Law of 1843 
  • Changes... 
  • Moral > Material  

Dickens Message: 

  • It’s never too late to change 
  • Redemption is possible 
  • Try to become more charitable and open 


Cratchit Family 

Relevant Quotes: 

  • 'Are there no prisons... Union Workhouses... The Treadmill and Poor Law are in full vigour them'(Context) 
  • 'If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population' 
  • A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us’ (Christian values) 
  • ‘He hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.’ (Christian Values) 
  • They were not a handsome family [...] But, they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time’ (Triplet) 
  • ‘Spirit of Tiny Tim, thy childish essence was from God.’ 


  • Value Moral Wealth 

Dickens Message: 

  • Poor are dependent on the wealthy 
  • Happiness can't be bought and come naturally



Relevant Quotes: 

  • 'He laughed all over himself from his shoes to his organ of benevolence' (Metaphor) 
  • 'No more work to-night. Christmas Eve'(Employees of Fezziwig) 
  • 'Want is keenly felt and Abundance




Hope This Helps All, Good Luck with Exams!