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Instructor: Rachel Noorda
This lesson discusses a selection of quotes from 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. 'A Christmas Carol' is a holiday story that addresses the themes of generosity and kindness.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843, is a novella, or a short novel. The story is about a man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a cranky man who is only focused on business and has no time for relationships or Christmas. But then, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts: the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas yet to come. After learning some hard lessons from these ghosts, Scrooge realizes the error of his ways and becomes more enthusiastic about Christmas and life in general.

Famous Quotes

Let's take a look at some key quotes from A Christmas Carol, beginning with:

'Bah!' said Scrooge, 'Humbug!'

This is Scrooge's catchphrase, and you've probably heard it before. He is a grumpy man and 'Bah! Humbug!' is what he says to express his annoyance, particularly with Christmas.

Scrooge's nephew, Fred, gives this next speech to his uncle about the magic of Christmas.

'Though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!'

This quote is a heart-warming reflection about the beauty of the holiday. Fred loves Christmas and is very kind and generous, even though he does not have a lot of money. While money means everything to Scrooge, in this quote we see that Fred is much more balanced in his thinking. He understands that relationships, such as the ones he has with his wife or uncle, are what is most important in life.

Now let's hear from Jacob Marley, Scrooge's old business partner, now deceased.

'I wear the chain I forged in life,' replied the Ghost. 'I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.'

Marley, in the form of a ghost, arrives covered in chains. Not only does he tell Scrooge that he made his own chains from being unkind, but also that Scrooge will end up with the same chains if he doesn't change.

Here's another catchphrase from A Christmas Carol; this one from a young boy:

'God bless us every one!' said Tiny Tim, the last of all.

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