A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Scrooge, a selfish, greedy man who is visited by three ghosts and shown the error of his ways. The ghosts in turn take him to revisit the regrets of his own past, to see the happiness of his clerk’s family despite their poverty, and finally to see how little regard people really have for him once he is dead. Dickens’s tale of redemption, moral triumph and Christmas spirit has continued to resonate with people throughout the years since its publication in 1843.

Greed

Scrooge is the epitome of greed and selfishness. Many draw parallels with today’s bankers and the mega-rich; have we become a society which celebrates greed?

Redemption

The final chapter gives Scrooge the opportunity to repent his old ways and make up for his mistakes. Can you think of anyone today who deserves a second chance?

Christmas

The triumph of “Christmas spirit” is all about charity. Scrooge donates a huge turkey to the Cratchits, adopts Tiny Tim and gives money to the poor. What does Christmas mean today?

Poverty

Much of Dickens’s writing highlighted the devastating poverty in Victorian Britain. Poverty remains a divisive topic, as people disagree about the extent of the problem and what should be done about it.

Disability

Tiny Tim is one of A Christmas Carol’s most memorable and endearing characters. Medical advances have improved disabled people’s lives since the Victorian times. Have attitudes changed along with them?