Summary Of Christmas Carol

Summary Of Christmas Carol - Find out the tale of this Dickens Classic as well as links to themes and book club questions...



An absolute classic that everyone should read at least once in their life.

Find out about Scrooge and how through reviewing his past, present and future he changes into a charitable and kinder man.

For Book  Club Questions and themes go to:

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

The Plot

Summary Of Christmas Carol

This short parable is split into 5 chapters or verses to be in keeping with the title of a "Carol"

Dickens called them "Staves" - A stave is the 5 straight lines that you would find in a music book, in which the notes sit on.

We first meet Ebeneezer Scrooge at work on Christmas Eve, 7 years to the day after the death of his business partner Marley. We witness him being terribly mean. He refuses to give a donation to the poor and begrudgingly allows his clerk, Bob Cratchit to go home and have Christmas Day off work, only because the laws say he has to.

He goes home and that night, and he is visited by the ghost of his business partner Marley. He tells him that he will suffer in the after life, just like he has done, if he doesn't change his ways.

He then takes Scrooge on a journey:

The Ghost of Christmas Past: He goes back to his childhood when he was more innocent

The Ghost of Christmas Present: A visit to Bob Cratchit's house to see how poor they are and how they can't afford medical treatment for their son, Tiny Tim,  due to Cratchit's poor wage. A visit to his nephews, where they haven't anything nice to say about their Uncle. A view of people enjoying the festivities of Christmas at the markets


The Ghost of Christmas Future: He sees his own grave, he hears how  attendees at his funeral are only business partners and they are only willing to come if there is a free lunch. He sees the death of Cratchit's son, Tiny Tim,  due to their poverty and lack of medical attention.

He promises to change his ways.

Scrooge wakes up the following morning, Christmas day, and we see a new man. He sends a turkey to the Cratchit's and spends the day at his nephews. He embodies the generoisity and kindness that we associate with Christmas. But he goes beyond just Christmas and is truly a changed man.

For book club questions and themes go to:

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

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