Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

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    "Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough."
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    This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.
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    he begged like a boy to be allowed to stay until the guests departed. But this the spirit said could not be done.

    Scrooge changing his mind about being with people and family.

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    for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.
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    An old, old man and woman, with their children and their children’s children, and another generation beyond that, all decked out gaily in their holiday attire

    Generational pleasure of Christmas.

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    will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

    Ghost echoing Scrooge’s words to him.

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    And perhaps it was the pleasure the good spirit had in showing off this power of his, or else it was his own kind, generous, hearty nature, and his sympathy with all poor men

    What is human nature? Is it to please? Or is it to do genuine good?

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    went forth last night on compulsion, and I learned a lesson which is working now. Tonight if you have aught to teach me, let me profit by it.”
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    glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty’s horn

    symbol of abundance and nourishment

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    He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks;
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    Perhaps Scrooge could not have told anybody why, if anybody could have asked him; but he had a special desire to see the spirit in his cap, and begged him to be covered

    Childish old man.

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    Why do you doubt your senses?”
    “Because,” said Scrooge, “a little thing affects them

    Wise words.

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    Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
    “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population

    Funny!

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    died seven years ago, this very night.”

    His best and only friend died on Christmas 7 years ago, that might be why he doesn’t like Christmas, and people don’t seem to factor that in.

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    He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who, cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially
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    Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should
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    Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.

    Could be a euphemism for his heart and feeling. The clerk may represent beurocracy and the coldness of the justice system.

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    The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose

    Jack Frost.

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    Scrooge never painted out old Marley’s name

    Like the literary references above — Hamlet’s father and St Paul, Marley is remembered, a recurring character, a motif of some sort. Notice how it’s Hamlet’s father! Suggests the tragedy that befalls on Scrooge. Notice St Paul who turned good and is no longer Saul, suggests Scrooge’s development in character.

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    If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet’s father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot—say St. Paul’s churchyard, for instance—literally to astonish his son’s weak mind
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