A Christmas Carol - Themes (The Christmas Spirit (Christmas brings out the…
A Christmas Carol - Themes
The Christmas Spirit
The Christmas Spirit in characters
Dickens presents the importance of family and love through Tiny Tim
Tinry Tim is well-loved by his family as wee see in the generosity that he has
Fred has a cheerful approach to Christmas - he always celebrates it with his friends
We see that Fred is shown as the opposite to Scrooge because he enjoys the company of other people and friends unlike Scrooge
The theme of the novella refers to the traditional carols that are sung at Christmas time
These five staves reflect the structure of a carol and link the novella to joy and singing.
There are 5 staves instead of 5 chapters
Christmas brings out the best in people
Fred fully embraces the spirit of Christmas - he refers to Christmas as a "kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time" that brings out the best in people. He
that Scrooge will embrace Christmas as well.
When the Cratchits' celebrate Christmas they demonstrate their love for each other and their happiness brings them together. It is important for Bob to have the whole family together for Christmas.
People often show generousity, charit, kindness and goodwill to others
Throughout the play Christmas is presented as a time where people "open their shut up hearts freely"
The Christmas spirit involves generosity and kindness
Fred believes that Christmas is a time when all of humanity, rich and poor should unite and help each other rather than being isolated individuals.
The charity collectors are a good example of this - they try to provide some "Christian cheer: at a time when poverty is made most obvious by the excesses enjoyed by the wealthy
Many characters in the text see Christmas as a time to help those less fortunate than themselves.