1.1.1 Family is a key theme in A Christmas Carol. It becomes clear throughout the novella,
relating to people's actions and reactions to certain events. A Christmas Carol is based in
Victorian London during the Christmas period. During this time, Christianity very much
dominated the western world and was the most popular religion during this time frame.
So contextually, it very much relates to religion as one of the 10 commandments was to
in fact obey and respect your parents. It also reflects upon poverty; people who lived on
the streets with no money nor education had to rely on family to keep them going.
Family was all they really had. Bringing this back to A Christmas Carol, for a reader
family was one if not, the most important priority in their life and is presented very well
with the lack of importance it has for Scrooge. Any reader during this era would frown
and be disgusted by his behaviour and view on the matter.
1.1.2 'In came a fiddler with a music-book, and went up to the lofty desk, and made an
orchestra of it, and tuned like fifty stomach-aches. In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast
substantial smile. In came the three Miss Fezziwigs, beaming and lovable. In came the
six young followers whose hearts they broke. In came all the young men and women
employed in the business. In came the housemaid, with her cousin, the baker. In came
the cook, with her brother's particular friend, the milkman. In came the boy from over
the way, who was suspected of not having board enough from his master; trying to
hide himself behind the girl from next door but one, who was proved to have had her
ears pulled by her mistress. In they all came, one after another; some shyly, some
boldly, some gracefully, some awkwardly, some pushing, some pulling; in they all
came, anyhow and everyhow.' - Stave 2
126.96.36.199 Not all of these people are actually biologically related, but the text really merges them into one big
happy family. The repetition of the words "In came" unites all these crazy characters as a loving
unit—at least for this night, this Christmas night.
1.1.3 The theme of family continues through the entire novella, coming in up in every Stave.
2.1 Bob Cratchit
2.1.1 Bob Cratcit is a key part of the novella him and his family
represent the lower class citizens as well as poverty. The show
that being poor does not mean that you can not be happy and
also shows that being poorer can even mean you're more
happy as you are not under the delusion of business and profit
nor are you so reluctant on monet to provide happiness or to
make your life full and worth while.
2.1.2 He also links the lower class workers to the middle or upper
class citizens, He shows the relationship in between them and
the characteristics of each when faced in certain situations.
Bob Cratchit is very respectful, charitable and grateful for tthe
things he has, he does not want to keeep and make money for
the sake of having money but to let the money flow, to spend it
on things that will bring happpiness and life the his family even
when they are very limited in that matter.