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A use of pathetic fallacy used to describe Scrooge's isolation in stave 1.

'No warmth could warm him, no wintry weather chill him'


In Dicken's opinion, the two major problems which caused poverty (and by writing A Christmas Carol he hopes to tackle the problem of), personified are?

'Ignorance and Want'


An asyndetic list in stave 1, which is followed by a simile.

'squeezing, wrenching, grasping, covetuous...'


Literary reference in stave 5 used to describe Scrooge whilst he dresses himself.



In stave 1, Scrooge repetitively says the phrase to his nephew, Fred in order to show his separation from christmas.

'Good afternoon'


How is the school described (before Fan enters) in stave 2?

'The panels shrunk, the windows cracked; fragments of plaster fell out of the ceiling'


When Fan enters in stave 2 she hints that Scrooge has a chance of redemption as she says...

'Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home's like Heaven!'


A simile in stave 1 which describes Marley's ghost's chains and releases some tension in the novella.

'wound about him like a tail'


A use of anaphora in stave 2 which provides evidence of Fezziwig's generosity.

'in came'


A use of dramatic irony in stave 5, in which Scrooge suspects that he knows who the repeatedly mentioned man is.

'The case of this unhappy man might be my own'


In stave 3, the reader learns that Bob is keen for his son to start working as a '...'.
This emphasises that the Cratchits are eager to work.

'man of business'


In stave 2, Belle's family are described by a use of imagery ' spring-time...'

' the haggard winter'


Near the end of stave 5, an anaphoric list is used to describe Fred's party which echoes the anaphoric list in stave 2 when Fezziwig's party was described.

'they came'


A motif throughout the novella is Scrooge's bed and at the end of stave 4 the reader is told that the ghost...

'dwindled down into a bedpost'.


In stave 4, Tiny Tim is repetitively described by Bob (in order to make the reader sympathetic) as his...

'little, little child'


In the Cratchit's home in stave 2, Scrooge is anthropomorphised and is described as...

'the ogre of the family'


Scrooge says this to the Ghost of Christmas yet to come after learning of his future, showing that he has changed.

'I am not the man I was'


In one of the last lines of the novella, the narrator explains, by using a metaphor, about Scrooge's relationship with Tiny Tim.

'became a second father'


One of the last things Fred says to his uncle in stave 1, which shows his positive nature and his christmas spirit.

'I'll keep my christmas humour to the last'
'merry christmas Uncle'


The ghost of christmas past shows his control over Scrooge by using imperatives, which are...

'rise' and 'walk with me'


In stave 1, Scrooge explains his disbelief at seeing Jacob Marley's ghost by blaming it on digestion and says to the ghost...

'there's more of gravy than of grave about you'


In stave 1, Fred is described as showing signs of the christmas spirit as he is described by the narrator as... Which shows his positive nature and the warmth christmas brings to him.

'he was all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled'


A tricolon simile in stave 1 which describes Scrooge's isolation and hints at his redemption.

'secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster'


Said by Scrooge in stave 1 and said by the ghost of christmas present in stave 3, to highlight how cruel the statement was. It also links to the economist Thomas Malthus's comments about poverty and overcrowding.

'decrease the surplus population'


Tiny Tim's cheerful spirit is represented in this quote which shows that everyone is equal and should be treated that way.

'God bless us everyone'


When Fan goes to Scrooge's school to bring him home she explains that they will all be together for christmas and that they will have the...

'merriest time in all the world'


How is the weather and cold described in stave 5?

'clear, bright, jovial, stirring' and the cold is 'piping for the blood to dance to'