Dickens's Christmas Carol : Role of Children

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The Role of Children in Dicken’s Christmas Carol Children are common figures used in literature to portray purity, wholesomeness, and innocence. Authors also use other child figures, those less innocent, yet in most cases violent figures are rarely the latter form. It is to extract the innocence and purity that Dicken’s authors two of four main characters as children. Main characters, Ebeneezer Scrooge and his employee Bob Cratchit are accompanied by child roles, Tiny Tim (Cratchit’s son) and Fred (Scrooge’s nephew). It is through the character of Scrooge that Dicken’s educates his readers on basic laws of humanity and kindness. The innocent child characters are foils for Scrooge’s unkind coldhearted character. Throughout the story Dickens expels a character so vile and cold that he turns away two men asking for a donation on Christmas Eve and denies Bob Cratchit of heat wh Continue...


Throughout the novel Scrooge is visited by three ghosts which serve to show Scrooge the error of his way in his treating people. He is given the opportunity to view his life as an observer rather than an active participant. The second ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Present has come to Scrooge to show him how his hostility toward others affects the way people live. Tiny Tim has died and the family mourns his passing. Scrooge does not realize they !are all talking about him until the ghost takes him to the cemetery when Scrooge sees his own gravestone. Scrooge is shown the contrasting feelings about a child of happiness and hope and an angry stingy old man. A scene vital to the story, creates a great impact on Scrooge's epiphany. en he is stingy aobut putting coal on the fire. We are to honor the true value of Christian religious beliefs in he who made lame beggars walk and blind man see; that which is the true meaning of the holiday. At this point in the novel Scrooge is anything but a nice, caring, or giving man. Despite his disability, he cons!tantly keeps the spirit up and tries to maintain it in all his brothers and sisters and parents, even though they are destitute. In the story Tim expresses this hope that people would see him, a cripple, and it may remind them of true meaning of Christmas. Tim appears to be a weak child strong in spiritand faith. He is the epitome of the Christmas spirit, that which should encompass us all. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography.