A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Summary

In the play, The Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge (the main character) starts out hating Christmas. He is a very greedy man who cares little about the world or other people including his employee, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge his visited by three ghosts: Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. These ghost must help Scrooge change his behavior before it is too late.

Main Characters

Ebenezer Scrooge: He is a mean, greedy, and selfish man. He is visited by three ghosts who try and save Scrooge's soul, so he doesn't end up like Marley.


Jacob Marley: Marley is Scrooge's former business partner who is now dead. He was like Scrooge is life, greedy and mean. Now, he must spend eternity walking around the world in chains and shackles.


Bob Cratchit and Family: Cratchit is a poor man who works for Scrooge at his counting house. He has many children including Tiny TIm who is very sick.


The Ghosts: Scrooge is visited by three ghosts: Past, Present, and Future. Each ghost shows Scrooge a glimpse of his life from that time period.

"Bah! Humbug! Christmas! Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge

"An act of kindness is like the first green apple of summer; one leads to another and another and another." Marley

Setting and Theme

Setting: The play takes place in London, England in the 1880's at Christmastime. The play begins at 3:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve, and the weather is very windy, cold, snowy, and dark.


Theme: The main theme of the play is that people should not be greedy and care only about themselves. Scrooge starts out being very greedy, but as the story continues Scrooge starts to see that his behavior is making very unhappy. He decides he must change his behavior and be a more giving person.