A christmas Carol themes

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Key themes in a Christmas Carol:

Theme: Christmas

Dickens wrote this novella before Christmas 1843. The story of Scrooge takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and uses the ideas of generosity and compassion that we associate with Christmas to highlight the transformation of the main character. We see Scrooge change from a miserly man, contrasting with the spirit of Christmas, to someone who is full of joy.

How does Dickens show this?EvidenceAnalysis The title and structure The theme of the novella is clear from the title - A Christmas Carol - which refers to the traditional carols that are sung at Christmas time. The novella has an unusual layout, using five staves rather than chapters. The five staves reflect the structure of a carol and link the story to the joy of singing. Scrooge's nephew, Fred Fred is persistent in his cheerful approach to Christmas. We see him celebrating wholeheartedly with his friends. After a while they played at forfeits; for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself. Dickens shows Scrooge's nephew as the opposite of Scrooge. He is able to abandon himself to childish pleasures at Christmas and enjoys the company of his friends. Tiny Tim Through the character of Tiny Tim, Dickens shows the importance of family and love in the Christmas tradition. back came Tiny Tim before another word was spoken, escorted by his brother and sister to his stool before the fire; Tiny Tim is well-loved by his family as we see in the generosity that his siblings show him here.

Theme: Redemption 

Redemption is the idea of being saved from sin or evil. In Scrooge we see a man who is transformed from a greedy, selfish miser into a generous and good-natured character by the end.

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