A Christmas Carol-Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens wrote „ A Christmas Carol „and made it public on December 19th, 1843. The story begins as Scrooge is being visited by the ghost of his old partner, then by The Ghost of Christmas Past who will show him his childhood. He realizes why he became so stingy and lost his joy. The Ghost of Christmas Present will show him how his neibourghs have joyful Christmas. Through this, he realizes that he could be more generous towards them, not ignoring their basic needs. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge what will happen if he doesn’t change his heart toward people and Christmas – he would die alone. Scrooge becomes a different man at the end and everyone sees him as a man that brought Christmas joy back.
BOOK SUMMARY- A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge was at his counting house. His business was named Scrooge and Marley, but Marley died seven years ago, on Christmas Eve. Bob Cratchit, his employee was freezing, but Scrooge disregarded that by not putting another lump on the stove. Fred, his nephew comes in, being joyful and full of Christmas kindness and he wishes Scrooge a Merry Christmas, but Scrooge replies “Bah!Humbug!”. He lets Bob have a free day, if he returns tomorrow. Then, his nephew invites him to the dinner, but Scrooge refuses. When his nephew leaves, two men enter the room and ask Scrooge to make a charity donation. Scrooge refuses to give his money to the poor, even though they tell him that the poor are on the verge of dying. He apathicly made a remark about them dying if they have to. Scrooge comes home. In the door knocker he sees a ghost resembling Marley. He goes up the stairs and then he sees a carriage climbing before him. He rushes to the room and locks the door, and then checks if someone is under the table or the sofa. He then sees Marley’s ghost again on his mantle. Scrooge is not scared but tells himself “Humbug”. Scrooge hears someone dragging a heavy chain. He refuses to believe it is a ghost, but calls it “Humbug”. The ghost passes through open doors. Scrooge refuses to believe the ghost. Marley tells him that the heavy chains represent deeds in his life that he committed, and that he must walk the earth now. Scrooge asks for help, but Marley tells him that three ghosts will visit him the next three nights at one o’clock. Marley goes out the window accompanied by other ghosts just like him. Scrooge goes to bed to sleep. At one am a little child comes to him and tells him that he is the Ghost of Christmas Past. By touching him on his heart, he gives him the ability to fly and they go through a window. The Ghost shows him his childhood. Scrooge wept, as they saw him spending Christmas alone. He sees his sister Fran, then a Fezziwig party – his good boss and Belle who broke their engagement because Scrooge cared more about money. Scrooge can’t take it so they fly back and he goes to bed. At one o’ clock Scrooge wakes up. He sees a bright light, and goes to the other room. A royal giant, sitting on the throne is waiting for him. He tells him that he is the Ghost of the Christmas Present. Scrooge touches his robe and they are transported to a busy street on Christmas day. Then the Spirit takes him to a house of Bob Cratchit. They see a crippled boy Tiny Tim. Scrooge feels bad and asks if Tiny Tim will survive, but the Spirit tells him that if something doesn’t change, Tim will die. Scrooge asks about the two children hiding under the ghost’s robe. Ghost says that the girl is Want and the boy Ignorance. The third spirit of the Christmas Yet to Come is a dreaded figure, and he doesn’t speak. He just points to where they should go. They go to a group of businessmen who are talking about a death of one rich man and to a group of thieves fighting over something they stole from a dead man. The spirit finally points to one grave and Scrooge sees his name written on it. Scrooge is happily awakened from his bed. He shouts Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. He laughs. He asks the boy on the street what day it is, and then tells him to buy him a turkey. He plans to send it to Bob Cratchit. He makes a donation to a man on the street and visits Fred’s party. Scrooge plans the next day to surprise Bob. Bob is running late, and Scrooge gives him a raise. He plans to help his family and puts more coal on the stove. Scrooge has helped the family, and Tiny Tim is alive thanks to him.