A Christmas Carol
By: Charles Dickens
1). This story takes place in London, England. The time is winter and it starts
the day before Christmas, also known as Christmas Eve. The settings of the book
include Scrooge's Counting House, Scrooge's Home, Bob Cratchit's home, assorted
Scrooges childhood like the schoolhouse and the Fizziwig's
place where Scrooge was an apprentice, this is where a Christmas party took
place and he met the one love of his life. Then it skips to Scrooge's love of
his life when she is married and they speaks about Scrooge and how he is now in
a world of his money. Also it shows the exchange, homeless people under a
bridge, and a cemetery.
The four main characters in the book are Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob
Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew, Fred.
First, lets examine Ebenezer Scrooge, since he is the main character of the
story, All 3 ghosts visit him. Through him, the lesson of the story is to be
learned. In the book, he is made out to be Anti-Christmas and he is constantly
commented about by characters in the book, some feeling pity, others feeling
"External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm,
no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he.
ever stopped in the street to say, with gladsome looks, 'My dear Scrooge, how
are you? When will you come to see me?'. No beggars implored him to bestow a
trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in
all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge." (Dickens
Next there is Tiny Tim, he seems to be a symbol of hope in this story even
though he has to use a crutch to walk and he is very small. Despite his
disability, he constantly keeps the spirit up and tries to maintain it in all
his brothers, sisters, and parents, even though they are poor. He is the epitome
of the Christmas spirit, that which should inhibit all of us. " He told me,
coming home, that he hoped the people saw him 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." (125). This quote just shows how thoughtful he is, and
how much he cares for others.
Tiny Tim's father Bob Cratchit is next on my list. He is an employee of