Allegory And Symbolism In A Christmas Carol

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Symbolism in “A Christmas Carol” All the symbolism in “A Christmas Carol” is important to convey the different messages hidden in this traditional Christmas story. I never knew that “A Christmas Carol” was an allegory and that it had hidden meanings. An allegory is a story that is supposed to express a moral or political message. Charles Dickens shows and expresses his morals through the characters in the story. Everybody knows about the classic Christmas story, but I don’t think everyone knows about the symbolism that is within the story. Charles Dickens expertly uses a traditional Christmas story to cover the symbolism hidden in “A Christmas Carol”. I will begin with the symbolism hidden in Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge’s symbolism in “A Christmas Carol” is more obvious than some of the other characters. Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in “A Christmas Carol”. Scrooge is a bitter old miser who is filthy rich and absolutely hates Christmas. Scrooge is supposed to represent greed and the rich population of the world. Scrooge is all about saving his money and always taking the cheaper route even though he can afford a more extravagant lifestyle unlike most of the other characters in the story “A Christmas Carol”. The next symbolism I would like to discuss is the symbolism of the Cratchit family. The Cratchit’s…show more content…
When Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present he is described as sitting on a pile of food with an extravagant robe and a crown made of mistletoe. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge all the Christmases that are happening at the time and even uses his powers to stop a quarrel that happens in the marketplace over some food by using his torch. The Ghost of Christmas Present also carries a torch that seems to be his source of power. The Ghost of Christmas Present always seems to be merry, possibly expressing the spirits of everyone on Christmas and around
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