A Christmas Carol

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


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?


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?


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?


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.


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