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1
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SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘When want is keenly felt’

When?
Who?
What?

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Stave 1
The charity gentlemen
Foreshadows the child want

2
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SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘Are there no prisons?’

When?
Who?
What?

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Stave 1
Scrooge
Hints all the poor are guilty of something- an upperclass view
Foreshadows when the ghost of Christmas present will repeat it later

3
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SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘One of broken fortunes’

When?
Who?
What?

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The narrator describing Scrooge’s school
Stave 2
‘Fortune’ as they were blessed to have an education
‘Broken’ due to the way they were treated

4
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SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘Who do their deeds… in our name’

When?
Who?
What?

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The ghost of Christmas present
Stave 3
Sly social commentary from dickens who criticises how people do the most awful of things in the name of god

5
Q

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

‘He bore a little crutch’

When?
Who?
What?

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Narrator describing tiny Tim
Stave 3
Research suggests he had either a type of kidney failure or rickets which were both curable if the patient had money at the time. So by not paying cratchit enough Scrooge could kill Tim

6
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REDEMPTION

’he felt the chilling influence of its death cold eyes’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Scrooge describing Marley
Stave 1
‘Chilling’ we were told nothing could chill Scrooge so it shows he’s already changing
‘Its’ Marley is not human

7
Q

REDEMPTION

‘Still very foggy and extremely cold’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Scrooge describes the night
Stave 2
‘Fog’ could be condensation- a metaphor for Scrooge melting
Pathetic fallacy

8
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REDEMPTION

‘They all three burst into a laugh’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Describing the robbers in joes shop
Stave 4
It could be a reference to the foul soldiers who gambled for Scrooge’s clothes after the crucifixion
Scrooge links to Christ in many ways, Jesus proved to god after being tempted 3 times, Scrooge has theee spirits

9
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REDEMPTION

‘ I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Scrooge begs to the Last spirit
Stave 4
Contains all three tenses to symbolise how he has learnt all three lessons

10
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ISOLATION

‘No eye at all is better than an evil eye dark master!’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Dogs to their owners when Scrooge walks by
Stave 1
‘Evil eye’ is an idea in many cultures- in the bible it is a curse given by a glare.

11
Q

ISOLATION

‘A golden one’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Belle explains what has happened to Scrooge
Stave 2
Semantic field of business
Biblical- the Israelites made a golden idle of Moses when he was absent which angered him he executed all who worshipped it

12
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CHRISTMAS

‘God bless you merry gentlemen’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Carol singers
Stave 1
Dickens replaces ‘rest’ with ‘bless’ to symbolise how the spirits will not let him rest

13
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CHRISTMAS

‘His organ of benevolence’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Describing fezziwig
Stave 2
Organ of benevolence was believed to be outcropping at the top of the forehead- reflects dickens interest in phenology

14
Q

TIME

‘Good heaven!’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Scrooge exclaims at his old school
Stave 2
Another disguised biblical reference, relation of childhood as heavenly

15
Q

TIME

‘ I don’t know anything I’m quite a baby’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Scrooge after waking up on chairman’s morning
Stave 5
References to being reborn

16
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FAMILY

‘a merry Christmas uncle! God save you!’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Fred greets Scrooge
Stave 1
We were told no one dares speak to Scrooge
‘Save’ hints he can be saved

17
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SUPERNATURAL

‘Marley was as dead as a door nail’

Who?
Where?
What?

A

Narrator
Stave 1
Simile
Door nails are hammered into a door then the end is hammered over making them useless for any other task- thus ‘dead’

18
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SUPERNATURAL

‘Gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Narrator 
Stave 1 
Personification 
Symbolic of god looking down 
Bell tolls for death
19
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SUPERNATURAL

‘Lights flashes up… curtains of his bed were drawn’

Who?
Where?
What?

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The ghost of Christmas past
Stave 2
Links to the theatre and cues which symbolises the action is about to begin

20
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SUPERNATURAL

‘Held a branch of fresh green holly.. trimmed with summer flowers’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Ghost of Christmas past
Stave 2
In V times summer and winter flowers never co existed, the ghost co exists age and youth
Victorians used flowers for meaning

21
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SUPERNATURAL

‘ it was shrouded in a deep black garment’

Who?
Where?
What?

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Ghost of Christmas yet to come 
Stave 4 
Ghost is an allegory for death 
Mirrors the grim reaper 
‘It’ not human