A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843.
Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
I remember to have read an illustrated short version at a kid, but now that i’m older going back to the original was interesting.
Scrooge in a way makes lots of sense in a very earthly way of seeing some things and the way we left money controls lots of our views on what’s needed to be done and sometimes we get consumed on it.
While his nephew was the other way of the picture, knowing that there are many things that can make you happy and money yes it’s necessary but not the whole picture at the end.
The journey that Scrooge undertake is very brief but meaningful beginning with Marley’s ghost visit and the demise he brings at the beginning of it.
By the end I think he just was reminded of how to be a better person and I do think sometimes more of us should be reminded of this compassionate and kind side we all have in ourselves.
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