Characterisation quotes A Christmas Carol
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"... secret, and self contained, and solitary as an oyster.
A powerful simile using sibilance to describe his wilful isolation as an adult.
"...every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart"
A humorous indication of his hatred of Christmas
"Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it."
Indication of Scrooge's miserliness and links him with darkness and evil.
..."the clerk's fire was so small that it looked like one coal."
A simile to suggest Bob's working conditions, which were not untypical of the time.
"... ran home to Camden Town as hard as he could pelt, to play at blindman's-buff"
Suggests Bob is a playful family man.
..."Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the feast!"
Indicates Scrooge's changed, generous nature
"I wear the chain I forged in life."
A powerful symbol of how many can be weighed down by greed and lack of compassion.
"Why did I walk through crowds of fellow beings with my eyes turned down?"
Dickens uses Marley's Ghost to enhance his message about the importance of community.
"...the only time I know of ... when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely..."
Fred's love of Christmas is used to contrast with Scrooge's hatred of it.
"...and to think of people below the as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave..."
Fred's attitude to others mimics Dickens' thoughts about society.
"Let him in? It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off."
This reveals the strength of Fred's open handed and hearty welcome to Scrooge, at the end of the novella.
"A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December... But I suppose you must have the whole day off."
Demonstrating Scrooge's initial attitude towards Christmas and it is this attitude that needs to change.
"Not coming!... Not coming upon Christmas Day!"
Bob Cratchit's devastating at the thought of his daughter Martha not coming, shows his warmth towards his family.
"May you be happy in the life that you have chosen."
Belle leaves Scrooge without any bitterness or anger, as he chooses money over love.
"a poor apprentice at a milliner's"
Martha Cratchit, Bob's daughter. Poor despite working. An example of the dignified poor.
"brave in ribbons"
Belinda Cratchitt, shows resilience and a strong morality.
"his limbs, supported by an iron frame."
Tiny Tim, anglic, invalid, youngest child of the Cratchit's
"God bless Us Every One!"
Tiny Tim ends the novel, his life demonstrates the change in Scrooge and the impact it will have on others.
"Marley was dead: to begin with."
Opening of the novel, serves to prepare Scrooge for the visits of the ghosts and indicates the supernatural theme.
"cash boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses."
Marley's ghost has these items around his chain as a reminder of his obsession with business.
"I am here to-night to warn you, that you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate."
Acting as a warning to Scrooge and Dickens' readers that actions on earth will affect him after death. Victorian's were obsessed with death and what might happen after it.
Marley's ghost is the most conventional of all the spirits.
"...a man more blessed in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew..."
Fred is a contrast to the cold, bitter, miserly Scrooge in Stanza 1.
"the pleasantest-spoken gentleman you ever heard."
Bob Cratchit's description of Fred, in Stanza 4, when Fred offers his condolences and help to Bob Cratchit after Tiny Tim's death.
"like a child"
Ghost of Christmas Past, yet also seems like an old man. Appears to represent memory.
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