Charles Dickens’s story Christmas Carol, theme, short summary, analysis and sparknotes. Info about the Christmas Carol story.
Christmas Carol; a story by Charles Dickens, published in 1843. It concerns Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly London businessman, and the family of his exploited clerk, Bob Cratchit. Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in the fall of 1843, in an attempt to relieve his increasing financial difficulties. Although the book shows signs of hasty writing, it was an immediate success. In relation to Dickens’ major novels, the story must be regarded as slight. However, it has always been popular, partly because of its warmth, gaiety, and appeal to the spirit of Yuletide charity, and, ironically, partly because of its defects—sentimentality and crude characterization.
On Christmas eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Marley, who warns him that his meanness will bring retribution. That night a vision of Christmas Past recalls his youth; a vision of Christmas Present shows him the poor but cheerful Cratchit family, including the appealing cripple Tiny Tim; and a vision of Christmas Yet To Come depicts Scrooge’s possible unmourned death. Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning filled with love and gives the Cratchits the happiest Christmas they have ever had.