A Summary of A Christmas Carol

Matt Toback

1). This story takes place in London, England. The time is winter and it starts
the day before Christmas, also known as Christmas Eve. The settings of the book
include Scrooge\'s Counting House, Scrooge\'s Home, Bob Cratchit\'s home, assorted
places throughout Scrooges childhood like the schoolhouse and the Fizziwig\'s
place where Scrooge was an apprentice, this is where a Christmas party took
place and he met the one love of his life. Then it skips to Scrooge\'s love of
his life when she is married and they speaks about Scrooge and how he is now in
a world of his money. Also it shows the exchange, homeless people under a bridge,
and a cemetery.

2). The four main characters in the book are Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob
Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge\'s nephew, Fred.
First, lets examine Ebenezer Scrooge, since he is the main character of the
story, All 3 ghosts visit him. Through him, the lesson of the story is to be
learned. In the book, he is made out to be Anti-Christmas and he is constantly
commented about by characters in the book, some feeling pity, others feeling
hostility.

"External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm,
no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he…Nobody ever
stopped in the street to say, with gladsome looks, ‘My dear Scrooge, how are
you? When will you come to see me?\'. No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle,
no children asked him what it was o\'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his
life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge." (Dickens 14).

Next there is Tiny Tim, he seems to be a symbol of hope in this story even
though he has to use a crutch to walk and he is very small. Despite his
disability, he constantly keeps the spirit up and tries to maintain it in all
his brothers, sisters, and parents, even though they are poor. He is the epitome
of the Christmas spirit, that which should inhibit all of us. " He told me,
coming home, that he hoped the people saw him because he was a cripple, and it
might be pleasant to them to remember, upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars
walk and blind men see." (125). This quote just shows how thoughtful he is, and
how much he cares for others.
Tiny Tim\'s father Bob Cratchit is next on my list. He is an employee of
Scrooge and he is the only one in the Cratchit family to thank him genuinely for
the job and the pay that he has given him to support his family and keep food in
their stomachs. "…and in came little Bob, the father, with at least three feet
of comforter, exclusive on the fringe, hanging down before him, and his
threadbare clothes all darned up to look seasonable, and Tiny Tim upon his
shoulder."(121). The father\'s love for his family bleed through the fact that
they are poor and Scrooge sees this in the way they act.
The last but not least major character is Scrooge\'s nephew, Fred. He seems
to be the only individual who comes to converse with Scrooge and offer him
anything. In this case, Fred offered him an invitation to his house for
Christmas dinner. Fred is convinced at the beginning of the story that Scrooge
doesn\'t really mean "Bah!…Humbug!" (18) no matter how many times he says it.
Fred is presented cheerful and in high spirits. "He had so heated himself with
rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge\'s, that he was all in
a glow; his face ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked
again." (18). As I said before, Fred is one of the few that feels pity for
Scrooge. 3). The book starts off talking about Jacob Marley, Scrooge\'s former
business partner. It basically says that he "was dead as a door-nail" (11). Then
it moves to Scrooges counting house where he converses with Fred. Then two men
come in to ask for a donation and Scrooge shoos them away quickly enough. Then
Bob Cratchit come in for a days work and Scrooge is stingy about putting coal on
the fire. At this point in the book, Scrooge is not made out to be a nice,
caring, giving man. When Scrooge goes home, he is confronted by the ghost of
Marley who tells him that he will be haunted by three spirits