History TearJerker / AChristmasCarol

8th Mar '18 1:30:29 AM lalalei2001
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* TearJerker/Scrooge1970



* In any version, when Scrooge's fiancée leaves him after seeing he values money more than he values her. Especially in the 1999 Patrick Stewart version and 2004 musical, when old Scrooge is shouting at his younger self to go after her. It's sadder when you realize that he's spent ''years'' regretting the choice of letting her go.

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* In any version, when Scrooge's fiancée leaves him after seeing he values money more than he values her. Especially in the 1970 musical, the 1999 Patrick Stewart version and 2004 musical, when old Scrooge is shouting at his younger self to go after her. It's sadder when you realize that he's spent ''years'' regretting the choice of letting her go.
5th Mar '18 4:43:59 PM lalalei2001
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* There's an animated animal version of this story where the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn't take Scrooge to a future where Tiny Tim died from his illness; rather he takes him to a future where Tim ''became exactly like Scrooge''. Scrooge is utterly horrified.

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* There's an animated animal The BKN version of this story where changes it so the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn't take Scrooge to a future where Tiny Tim died from his illness; rather he takes him to a future where Tim ''became exactly like Scrooge''. Scrooge is utterly horrified.
2nd Mar '18 12:16:56 AM lalalei2001
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* Some adaptations show Jacob Marley's death, with Scrooge either not caring at all or deeply caring, with his death being the last straw that fully hardened his heart. It's even worse in ones where Marley realizes where they went wrong on his deathbed, tries to appeal to Scrooge to change, and he doesn't listen.

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* Some adaptations show Jacob Marley's death, with Scrooge either not caring at all or deeply caring, with his death being the last straw that fully hardened his heart. It's even worse in ones versions where Marley realizes where they went wrong on his deathbed, tries to appeal to Scrooge to change, and he doesn't listen.
2nd Mar '18 12:16:30 AM lalalei2001
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* The novel ''The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit'' goes into extravagant detail about how much Bob's life sucks, but he knows others suffer worse, and he eventually forms an odd friendship with Jacob Marley that turns tragic when Marley promptly dies. His ghost begins to haunt him and make him perform good works in his stead as a form of release. Eventually Bob tells him that ''he'' was responsible for what he did in life, and Marley collects himself before calmly saying how much his punishment ''hurts''.
27th Feb '18 11:19:33 AM lalalei2001
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* Scrooge forms a deep emotional bond with the Ghost of Christmas Present and his death at midnight of December 25th is an emotional turning point in many versions.
* There's a scene in the book where Bob Crachit goes up to Tim's bed, and his body is still there, and he kisses his face.

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* Scrooge forms a deep emotional bond with the Ghost of Christmas Present and his death at midnight of December 25th is an emotional turning point in many versions.
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* There's a scene in the book where Bob Crachit Cratchit goes up to Tim's bed, and his body is still there, and he kisses his face.



* The passage of the spirits outside after Marley's ghost departs is usually scary, but also includes a tearjerking moment.
-->''The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains like Marley's Ghost...Many had been personally known to Scrooge in their lives. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost, in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below, upon a door-step. The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.''

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* The passage of the spirits outside after Marley's ghost departs is usually scary, but also includes a tearjerking moment.
-->''The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains like Marley's Ghost... Many had been personally known to Scrooge in their lives. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost, in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below, upon a door-step. The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.''
27th Feb '18 11:16:12 AM lalalei2001
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* Everyone likes to bring up Tiny Tim, but Scrooge also forms a deep emotional bond with the Ghost of Christmas Present and his death at midnight of December 25th is an emotional turning point in many versions.

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* Everyone likes to bring up Tiny Tim, but Scrooge also forms a deep emotional bond with the Ghost of Christmas Present and his death at midnight of December 25th is an emotional turning point in many versions.



* The scene with the destitute couple on the street.

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* The scene with the destitute couple on young future debtors has them celebrate Scrooge's death, relieved that they'll have an extension to pay off the street.large sum they owe.



* To really nail home just how bad Scrooge fucked up when it came to Belle, a scene in the book that's left out of most adaptations shows Belle happy with the man she eventually did settle down with. She has a large family, and they're enjoying Christmas Day together. Scrooge realizes at that point that he well and truly missed his chance to be the man in that vision rather than looking in from the outside.
* The final vision of the past that the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge - the thing that finally breaks him, in fact - is the night Jacob Marley died. Rather than see himself, or Marley, he learns the fate of Belle, his former fiancée. She is happily married to a good man and surrounded by loving children, including a beautiful teenage daughter that is the spitting image of her mother. What Scrooge feels upon seeing a life that could have been his...well, Dickens himself puts it best:

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* To really nail home just how bad Scrooge fucked up when it came to Belle, a scene in The final vision of the book that's left out of most adaptations past, on the night Jacob Marley died, shows Belle happy with the man she eventually did settle down with. She has a large family, and they're enjoying Christmas Day Eve together. Scrooge realizes at that point that he well and truly missed his chance to be the man in that vision rather than looking in from the outside.
* The final vision of
outside, and is further saddened with the past revelation that the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge - the thing Belle still cares about him, feeling pity that finally breaks him, in fact - is the night Jacob Marley died. Rather than see himself, or Marley, he learns the fate of Belle, his former fiancée. She is happily married to a good man and surrounded by loving children, including a beautiful teenage daughter that is the spitting image of her mother. What Scrooge feels upon seeing a life that could have been his...well, Dickens he's shut himself puts it best:up and won't visit his dying partner.



* The passage of the spirits outside after Marley's ghost departs is usually skipped in adaptations, but it includes a tearjerking moment (slightly abridged):

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* The passage of the spirits outside after Marley's ghost departs is usually skipped in adaptations, scary, but it also includes a tearjerking moment (slightly abridged):moment.



** WordOfGod has it that this is the ''same'' man in a white waistcoat who, [[CanonWelding in another Dickens tale]], denies food or help to Literature/OliverTwist.

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** WordOfGod has it that this is the ''same'' same man in a white waistcoat who, [[CanonWelding in another Dickens tale]], denies food or help to Literature/OliverTwist.


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* Some adaptations show Jacob Marley's death, with Scrooge either not caring at all or deeply caring, with his death being the last straw that fully hardened his heart. It's even worse in ones where Marley realizes where they went wrong on his deathbed, tries to appeal to Scrooge to change, and he doesn't listen.
27th Feb '18 11:04:14 AM lalalei2001
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* Some film adaptations show Tiny Tim's body.

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* Some film adaptations show Tiny Tim's body.body as the Cratchits grieve.
* The 1954 "Shower of Stars" version has Scrooge go further in disbelieving Jacob Marley than most versions, using the "I'd heard you had no bowels" line and saying his appearance means ''nothing'' to him. Marley is despondent that he'd come all this way only to not be believed.
-->'''Marley:''' Oh, God! Oh, God. These are hard hearts of this world, and the torment of years to come. I come out of torment, I come to help a soul avoid eternal misery, and I am not believed!



* This one needs mentioning--the Mr. Magoo adaptation, and young Ebenezer singing "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7qOFB4IXA8 All Alone in the World]]".
* In one musical theater adaptation of ''A Christmas Carol'', the story is narrated by a young gentleman who walks with a limp, who retells the story that Scrooge himself told him years ago. During the scene with Christmas Yet To Come, there's the expected tear jerker scene with the Crachit family mourning Tiny Tim's death. They sing the appropriately-tear jerking "The Little Child" until they are too choked up to continue, at which point the song is finished by a verse sung by the narrator, which is the only time the narrator sings outside the opening and closing musical numbers. This verse becomes extra chilling in hindsight when, at the end of the story, it is revealed that the narrator is [[spoiler:Tiny Tim, all grown up and healthy thanks to Scrooge]]. Not only is Scrooge in-story witnessing the possible future of the death of a poor child, but also out-of-story the narrator is watching [[spoiler:his own family's reaction to his death in an alternate timeline]] and, much like Scrooge, he cannot comfort them. ''Chilling''.

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* This one needs mentioning--the The Mr. Magoo adaptation, and adaptation has young Ebenezer singing "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7qOFB4IXA8 All Alone in the World]]".
* In one musical theater adaptation of ''A Christmas Carol'', the story is narrated by a young gentleman who walks with a limp, who retells the story that Scrooge himself told him years ago. During the scene with Christmas Yet To Come, there's the expected tear jerker scene with the Crachit Cratchit family mourning Tiny Tim's death. They sing the appropriately-tear jerking "The Little Child" until they are too choked up to continue, at which point the song is finished by a verse sung by the narrator, which is the only time the narrator sings outside the opening and closing musical numbers. This verse becomes extra chilling in hindsight when, at the end of the story, it is revealed that the narrator is [[spoiler:Tiny Tim, all grown up and healthy thanks to Scrooge]]. Not only is Scrooge in-story witnessing the possible future of the death of a poor child, but also out-of-story the narrator is watching [[spoiler:his own family's reaction to his death in an alternate timeline]] and, much like Scrooge, he cannot comfort them. ''Chilling''.



* There's an animated animal version of this story where the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn't take Scrooge to a future where Tiny Tim died from his illness; rather he takes him to a future where Tim ''turned into Scrooge''. Scrooge is utterly horrified.

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* There's an animated animal version of this story where the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn't take Scrooge to a future where Tiny Tim died from his illness; rather he takes him to a future where Tim ''turned into ''became exactly like Scrooge''. Scrooge is utterly horrified.
11th Feb '18 6:14:51 PM PaulA
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* TearJerker/AChristmasCarol2009



* In the 2009 animated adaptation, Scrooge seeing Bob mourning Tiny Tim's death in the future is even worse than usual, because while going up the stairs to sob alone, Bob pauses for a long moment right in front of the invisible Scrooge, giving both him and the audience a long look at his utterly heartbroken face. Scrooge whimpering "Bob..." as he sees how hurt he is makes an already brutal scene even harder to watch.



* While it's also [[NightmareFuel horrifying]], the 2009 version's portrayal of [[HumanoidAbomination Ignorance and Want]] shows that despite their monstrous appearance, they too are tragic figures, being born of mankind's worst qualities (unwillingness to learn and deprivation caused by neglect) and shows that if people like Scrooge don't change their ways, children like Ignorance and Want will be driven to lives of crime and madness in their adulthoods.
11th Feb '18 6:09:42 PM PaulA
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* TearJerker/AChristmasCarol1984



* When Scrooge sees ''his'' name on the gravestone and finds out it was ''his'' death they were celebrating. George C Scott really brought it, especially when he fell at the the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come's feet sobbing and pleading "Spare me!", then appears back on the bed.



* I see Tiny Tim and raise you Jacob Marley. Especially in the 1984 film adaptation. He sincerely regrets never being as charitable as he ought to have been in life, and honestly wants nothing more than for his old friend to avoid making the same mistake, so it can be difficult to keep a straight face while watching that scene.
11th Feb '18 6:03:00 PM PaulA
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