Themes from A Christmas Carol - Coggle Diagram
Themes from A Christmas Carol
Redemption of Scrooge
(from selfish to benevolent)
scrppge changes form miser (un-Christian) to charitable giver (Christian)
dickens sweetens the pill by making us laugh as well as take things seriously- heartwarming Christmas story
scroog seeing the error in his ways- dickens uses the ghost of Christmas present to show how scrooge how unpleasant his behavior has been.
scrooge transforming and redeeming himself- when the last of the ghosts has left and scrooge finally awakes on Christmas day we are shown a new man.
The theme of Social Injustice is shown through Scrooge refusing to give money to the poor. Scrooge's refusal represents the selfishness of the upper classes of Victorian society. - "Are there no prisons?" and "And the union workhouses, are they still in operation?"
The characters of Ignorance and want. The children are 'pinched' and 'twisted'. The ghost tells Scrooge that the children are the responsibility of all mankind. - "They are man's appealing from their fathers"
Thieves dividing up Scrooge's belongings. - as the thieves sort through Scrooge's possessions they comment on how miserly he had been in life. This makes him, and the reader, appreciate the failings of only thinking of oneself. "Every person has a right to take care of themselves. he always did."
Greed (Marley and Scrooge)
The author shows the theme of greed through Marley and Scrooge's love of money over family and people.
Doesn't bring happiness - helping others does. Scrooge can clearly see that Marley's ghost is in extreme distress...due to the way he acted when he was alive. 'My spirit never walked beyond the counting-house-mark me-in life my spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of out money changing hole;and weary journeys lie before me!"
Family (focus on the cratchit family)
scrooges isolation contrasted with scenes of positive benefits of family life
lonely young scrooge is rescued by his sister and returns home from school for the christmas
apprentice scrooge is part of Fezziwig Christmas party along with countless others "full of gratitude"
bob is a loving, caring father "he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side"
sister fanny refers to scrooges father "father is so much kinder than he used to be" implying a difficult relationship
scrooge becomes a second father to tiny Tim at the end to show past can be overcome.
inspired by dickens visit to industrial towns of north england where saw plight of the poor
scrooge and marley- manipulative rich
ignorance and want- personification of poverty- so degraded more like an animal than human.
Cratchit family- happy
cratchit cristmas scene- stave 3- happy despite poverty
old joes pawnbrokers- stave 4- manipulative poor sell scrooges belongings
ignorance and want - stave 3- 2 dead children.
A Christmas carol shows Christmas through the title and structure because the title is 'A Christmas carol'. This refers to carols sung at Christmas time.
The theme is shown through Scrooge's nephew Fred because he always has a cheerful approach to Christmas and celebrates wholeheartedly with his friends. Through Tiny Tim, Dickens shows the importance of family and love in true Christmas tradition