A Christmas Carol

Jacob Vittetoe

Characters in Stave 1

Scrooge- Mean, Rude, Inconsiderate

Bob Cratchit- Kind, Mild, Poor

Fred- Jolly, Loving, Young

Ghost of Jacob Marley- Anchored, Ghastly, Dead

Scrooge's Ghosts

The first ghost Scrooge encounters is the Ghost of Christmas past. This ghost was all white, wearing a robe. A bight light would shine from the top of it's head. It's arms and legs would often disappear and reappear. It carried holly in one hand, and had a candle extinguisher under his other arm.

The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to the countryside where he was raised. Scrooge sees his old friends and the school nearby. Scrooge was shown this because it was important for him to remember his memories as a child, when he was not having anyone to spend time with around Christmas. His sister finally visits Scrooge one Christmas and says that it's okay to go home. This helps show the fact that good things, like families coming together, can happen on Christmas. The next place they visit is Scrooge's mentor, Fezziwig's party. Scrooge was being reminded of some of the fun he has at the Christmas parties when he was younger. Next, the ghost shows Scrooge's relationship with Belle he had. After some time after they get engaged, Belle calls it off after she sees Scrooge's greedy habits. Scrooge is shown this because people around him are starting to notice Scrooge's habits which define him in the present day.

The second ghost that visited Scrooge was the Ghost of Christmas Present. He is described as being a jolly giant, wearing green robes, and having a wreath on his head. He carries a large torch, and has no sword where a sword would be held.

Scrooge is taken to a present-day city on Christmas. People are jolly and busy. Decorations and celebrations for Christmas are everywhere. Scrooge is shown this so he can see how important Christmas still is to many people. They go to Bob Cratchit's house, where his poor family is happily celebrating Christmas with each other. Bob brings in a crippled kid named TIny Tim. Scrooge is faced with the fact that Tiny Tim will not be able to survive if the conditions don't improve in the household. This shows Scrooge that giving to others is important, and he should try to stop his greedy habits. Lastly, the ghost shows Scrooge starving children under his robe. Their names are Ignorance and Want. They represent humanity and Scrooge's greed for money, and ignorance towards other people's lives.

The last ghost to visit Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. He wears a black hooded robe. It covers his whole body, except for a hand which he uses to point. It is always silent.

The ghost takes scrooge into town again, where some business men talk about a man's death. They act like they don't care about the death of Scrooge, or the funeral itself, but the food they might be serving at the funeral. The point is made here, that people don't care all that much about Scrooge's death, and care more about food they might be able to eat. Next, Scrooge sees people in a pawn shop talk about how they are selling a dead man's belongings. Again, this shows a lack of respect people have towards Scrooge or his life. In the next scene, a couple are relieved at the death of a man to whom they owed money to. This is shown because they are happy that Scrooge has died, because of how unforgiving and cruel Scrooge is. The ghost then points to a dead man in a bed, left all alone. Scrooge realizes that he is probably the one who is in the bed. This shows Scrooge that when he dies, no one would ever notice or care, and his body would just be left in the bed. Scrooge is taken to the Cratchit household again, to find that Tiny Tim has died. This suggests that if perhaps Scrooge was more generous towards the family, Tiny Tim wouldn't have to die. Finally, the ghost shows Scrooge his gravestone. This confirms that Scrooge was the dead man all this time.

The Three Ghosts

Stave 5 Summary

After Scrooge's visit with the last spirit, he wakes up extremely happy. He had learned his lessons from the spirits, and now he sees the true value of Christmas time and giving to others. He pays a boy to deliver a Christmas turkey to Bob Cratchit's. Scrooge also donates to the poor, attends Fred's party, and on the next day, gives Bob Cratchit a raise. Scrooge is now happy to help others, and people are surprised by his enthusiasm. The story is about how you shouldn't care about about how much money, possessions, or power you have, but how many friends and family you have to love and cherish, and how you can help improve other's lives by giving.