History Literature / AChristmasCarol

18th Apr '18 9:51:04 PM lakingsif
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* HangingUpOnTheGrimReaper: The story employs this for Scrooge, who is first visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley who warns him of his impending doom. He doesn't take it seriously and so is later visited by three ghosts of Christmas; the last one, in particular, makes him beg for a longer life so that he can enact the moral learnt from the three.
15th Apr '18 1:08:01 AM DragonQuestZ
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13th Apr '18 6:36:12 PM lalalei2001
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[[AdaptationOverdosed Possibly the most widely-adapted story of all time]], including versions with [[Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol the Muppets]] as well as in ThePresentDay, resulting in lots of AdaptationExpansion (explaining events and BackStory the book didn't cover). As the era of television wore on, countless shows did at least one episode thrusting a character into their own Christmas Carol-like scenario, with varying levels of quality. In fact, versions with pre-existing characters are so common that they have led to the creation of the YetAnotherChristmasCarol trope. It's possibly also the source of the PensieveFlashback.

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[[AdaptationOverdosed Possibly the most widely-adapted story of all time]], including versions with [[Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol the Muppets]] as well as in ThePresentDay, resulting in lots of AdaptationExpansion (explaining events and BackStory the book didn't cover). As the era of television wore on, countless shows did at least one episode thrusting a character into their own Christmas Carol-like scenario, with varying levels of quality. In fact, versions with pre-existing characters are so common that they have led to the creation of the YetAnotherChristmasCarol trope. It's possibly also the source of the PensieveFlashback.
14th Mar '18 5:10:35 PM lalalei2001
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** Chris Priestley's '' The Last Of The Spirits'' is about Ignorance and Want, imagining them as two homeless children named Sam and Lizzie who encounter Scrooge on Christmas Eve, with Sam deciding to kill him and being shown his own past, present, and future.

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** Chris Priestley's '' The ''The Last Of The Spirits'' is about Ignorance and Want, imagining them as two homeless children named Sam and Lizzie who encounter Scrooge on Christmas Eve, with Sam deciding to kill him and being shown his own past, present, and future.
13th Mar '18 11:14:27 PM lalalei2001
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** Chris Priestley's '' The Last Of The Spirits'' is about Ignorance and Want, imagining them as two homeless children named Sam and Lizzie who encounter Scrooge on Christmas Eve, with Sam deciding to kill him and being shown his own past, present, and future.
13th Mar '18 1:00:07 AM lalalei2001
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* HearingVoices: There's a whole paragraph, during the scene where the Ghost of Christmas Future is showing Scrooge the body on the bed, which is basically a meditation on death.[[note]]"Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy and will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender; and the pulse a man’s. Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal!"[[/note]] This is followed in the next paragraph with the narration saying "No voice pronounced these words in Scrooge’s ears, and yet he heard them when he looked upon the bed." Later, as they approach the Cratchit house, Scrooge hears a Bible verse out of nowhere.[[note]]Mark 9:36, "And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them."[[/note]] The implication seems to be that the otherwise voiceless Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is talking inside Scrooge's head.

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* HearingVoices: There's a whole paragraph, during the scene where the Ghost of Christmas Future is showing Scrooge the body on the bed, which is basically a meditation on death.[[note]]"Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy and will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender; and the pulse a man’s. Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal!"[[/note]] This is followed in the next paragraph with the narration saying "No voice pronounced these words in Scrooge’s Scrooge's ears, and yet he heard them when he looked upon the bed." Later, as they approach the Cratchit house, Scrooge hears a Bible verse out of nowhere.[[note]]Mark 9:36, "And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them."[[/note]] The implication seems to be that the otherwise voiceless Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is talking inside Scrooge's head.



* HistoryRepeats: Jacob Marley died on Christmas Eve, and if Scrooge doesn't reform, so will he.



* InfantImmortality: DoubleSubversion. Christmas Present considers it a serious likelihood that Tiny Tim will die, and Christmas Yet To Come shows Scrooge the future in which this happens, complete with the full emotional repercussions on the Cratchit family. However, thanks to Scrooge's HeelFaceTurn, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt Tiny Tim does not die after all]].

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* InfantImmortality: DoubleSubversion. Christmas Present considers it a serious likelihood that Tiny Tim will die, and Christmas Yet To Come shows Scrooge the future in which this happens, complete with the full emotional repercussions on the Cratchit family. However, thanks to Scrooge's HeelFaceTurn, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt Tiny Tim does not die after all]].all.



--> “There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.”

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--> “There -->"There are some upon this earth of yours,” yours," returned the Spirit, “who "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."



* NiceGuy / NiceGirl: There are so many good people in this story to count. Bob Cratchitt, his son Tiny Tim, Scrooge's nephew Fred, Scrooge's deceased sister Fran, his former love Belle, and his beloved boss Fezziwig just to name a few.

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* NiceGuy / NiceGirl: NiceGuy: There are so many good people in this story to count. story. Bob Cratchitt, Cratchit, his son Tiny Tim, Scrooge's nephew Fred, Scrooge's deceased sister Fran, Fan, his former love Belle, and his beloved boss Fezziwig just to name a few.
4th Mar '18 5:29:54 PM lalalei2001
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* FridgeHorror: In-universe, when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come leads him to a graveyard, Scrooge realizes it resembles the Grim Reaper and becomes newly fearful of it.
3rd Mar '18 7:52:38 PM lalalei2001
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Fred, Bob Crachit, and Tiny Tim compete to see who best exemplifies this. Fred is always jovial, Bob is a good man caught with a terrible boss, and Tiny Tim is purely innocent in every respect.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Fred, Bob Crachit, Cratchit, and Tiny Tim compete to see who best exemplifies this. Fred is always jovial, Bob is a good man caught with a terrible boss, and Tiny Tim is purely innocent in every respect.



* {{Troll}}: Post-ghosts, Ebeneezer trolls Bob by pretending to be his old strict self. Just for fun.

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* {{Troll}}: Post-ghosts, Ebeneezer Ebenezer trolls Bob by pretending to be his old strict self. Just for fun.



** Another common change used is having Scrooge visit the Crachits on Christmas Day to reveal his change of heart to them, when in the original story he spent the entire day at Fred's and Bob did not learn about his attitude change until the day after. Some versions work in ways to justify this - in the 1938 version Scrooge had previously fired Bob the day before, so he went to the Cratchits' home to rehire him, while in Mickey's Christmas Carol Bob originally only had half a day off so Scrooge was visiting him before he attempted to head to the office later on.

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** Another common change used is having Scrooge visit the Crachits Cratchits on Christmas Day to reveal his change of heart to them, when in the original story he spent the entire day at Fred's and Bob did not learn about his attitude change until the day after. Some versions work in ways to justify this - in the 1938 version Scrooge had previously fired Bob the day before, so he went to the Cratchits' home to rehire him, while in Mickey's Christmas Carol Bob originally only had half a day off so Scrooge was visiting him before he attempted to head to the office later on.
2nd Mar '18 12:08:39 AM lalalei2001
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* AscendedExtra: Some adaptations give Jacob Marley, Belle, or Tiny Tim larger roles than in the book.

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* AscendedExtra: Some adaptations give Jacob Marley, Belle, Bob Cratchit, Fred, or Tiny Tim larger roles than in the book.


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** The novel ''The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit'' gives Bob backstory, detailing how he came to work at Scrooge and Marley's, how he got married, and other events before the story began.
1st Mar '18 1:27:45 PM lalalei2001
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** Scrooge remembering the storybook characters he loved in the Past sequence is usually left out for brevity's sake, with the 1997 animated version being one of the few that keeps it.



** Several other bits from the story are usually left out of adaptations, such as the crowd of spirits similar to Marley that Marley shows Scrooge in the street outside (Scrooge recognizes a couple of deceased business acquaintances), the ghost driving a horse and carriage before Marley appears, or the Ghost of Christmas Present sprinkling magical Christmas cheer from his torch.

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** Several other bits from the story are usually left out of adaptations, such as the crowd of spirits similar to Marley that Marley shows Scrooge in the street outside (Scrooge recognizes a couple of deceased business acquaintances), the ghost driving a horse and carriage before Marley appears, appears, Scrooge remembering the storybook characters he loved in the Past sequence, or the Ghost of Christmas Present sprinkling magical Christmas cheer from his torch.
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