Charles Dickens' Classic: "A Christmas Carol" Book Review by Nicky

Looks at the themes and characterizations in Charles Dickens' traditional novel "A Christmas Carol".
# 148314 | 1,980 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2011 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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Chosen as a "Paper of the Week":

Paper of the week

What better way to honor the Christmas holiday, celebrated by millions of people all around the world, than by looking at one of the classic stories about Christmas, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  Paper #148314, "Charles Dickens’ Classic: "A Christmas Carol"", chosen as this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon, does just that as it examines the themes of morality, justice, and generosity found in the story.  The paper explores each of these themes as well as the main characters in the story and what they represent.  Through careful and insightful analysis, Paper #148314, "Charles Dickens' Classic: "A Christmas Carol", reaffirms why this famous Christmas tale is indeed a story of hope and a classic piece of literature.


This paper explains that Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is an example of classic literature because it explores the true nature of mankind. Next, the author reviews the themes of the story, which are morality, generosity, justice and hope. The paper suggests that the most powerful characterizations in "A Christmas Carol" are the ghosts of Marley and of the three Christmas Spirits and, of course, Scrooge, himself, whose transformation is the core of the story.

From the Paper:

"Justice is another theme Dickens explores in the novel. This notion is significant because it delves into the reasons behind Scrooge's transformation. Scrooge's transformation does not occur simply because he is miserly, it occurs because there is something more significantly wrong with him. Scrooge's attitude represents a sickness that afflicts society as a whole. This sickness includes ignoring those in need, exploiting those less fortunate, and abusing the neediest. Scrooge only wants to help those in the way that he wishes to help them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lucie Armitt. Fantasy Fiction. 2005. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.
  • Dickens, Chalres. A Christmas Carol. New York: Pocket Books. 1958.
  • Gilbert. Eliot. The Ceremony of Innocence: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. PMLA, 1975. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved April 26, 2009. <>
  • Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis. Jackson: Basic Books. 2005.
  • Louis James. The Victorian Novel. Hoboken Wiley Blackwell Publishers. 2006.

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