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A Christmas Carol | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol | Characters

Character Description
Ebenezer Scrooge Ebenezer Scrooge is the coldhearted miser who hates Christmas until he is visited by three ghosts who change his outlook. Read More
Bob Cratchit Bob Cratchit is Scrooge's poor but hardworking office clerk. Read More
Ghost of Christmas Past The Ghost of Christmas Past forces Scrooge to confront his past to understand how he became stingy. Read More
Ghost of Christmas Present The Ghost of Christmas Present opens Scrooge's eyes to the suffering of poor people in his community. Read More
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come helps Scrooge realize how pointless his way of life is. Read More
Jacob Marley Jacob Marley is Scrooge's old business partner, seven years dead, who visits Scrooge and warns of his fate. Read More
Tiny Tim Tiny Tim is the disabled son of Bob Cratchit. Read More
Ali Baba Ali Baba is the imaginary friend, drawn from the character in Arabian Nights, who kept Scrooge company during his childhood.
Belle Belle is the dowerless girl Scrooge had been engaged to before falling in love with his money.
Belinda Cratchit Belinda is one of the Cratchits' warmhearted, optimistic children.
Caroline Caroline and her husband are the debtors who rejoice at the news of Scrooge's death because it offers the opportunity for a more understanding creditor.
Fan Fan is Scrooge's warmhearted younger sister who, when he was younger, escorted him home from boarding school for Christmas.
Fezziwig Fezziwig is Scrooge's first employer, who treats his employees kindly and generously.
Mrs. Fezziwig Mrs. Fezziwig is the wife of Mr. Fezziwig; she is a welcoming hostess.
Fred Fred is Scrooge's only living family member—a jolly and persistent nephew.
Ignorance Ignorance is the wretched, filthy boy hiding under the cloak of the Ghost of Christmas Present.
Old Joe Old Joe is the pawnbroker who pays thieves for the bits they've stolen from Scrooge's home after his death.
Martha Cratchit Martha is Bob's eldest daughter who leaves work to visit home for Christmas.
Mrs. Cratchit Mrs. Cratchit is Bob's resourceful wife.
Mrs. Dilber Mrs. Dilber is the laundress who steals some of Scrooge's possessions after his death.
Peter Cratchit Peter Cratchit is Bob Cratchit's eldest son, whom the family hopes will find a better job placement after Tiny Tim's death.
Want Want is a desperate, starving urchin girl who lives under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present.
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