‘A Christmas Carol’ discussion points

‘A Christmas Carol’ discussion points

Three ways to use these discussion points:

  • Discuss the following statements. Your aim is to establish your argument in relation to each discussion point and use analysis of the text to support your interpretation.
  • Create flash cards for each statement. Put the discussion point on one side and your ideas and key quotations on the other – then test yourself or a friend.
  • You could also use these statements as practice essay questions. Just ask yourself: how far do you agree that…

 


  1. Dickens intends for us to aspire to be like Scrooge.
  1. Fred and Fezziwig are allegorical devices, rather than characters to aspire to be like.
  1. Dickens’ presentation of female characters demonstrates a lack of concern for the women in his society.
  1. Dickens presents the Victorian man of business as deeply flawed.
  1. Dickens’ descriptions of the Ghost of Christmas Present is the most relevant to his themes.
  1. Dickens’ descriptions of the Ghost of Christmas Past is the most relevant to his themes.
  1. Marley and the presentation of Marley in the text contribute significantly to the allegorical message Dickens strives to convey.
  1. Allusions to other texts are crucial to fully understanding ‘A Christmas Carol’
  1. Christmas is presented as more secular than religious in ‘A Christmas Carol’
  1. Dickens uses Christmas as an emotive device.
  1. Dickens’ primary message is that of the importance of family.
  2. Dickens represented the Victorian Poor in such a way that his readers would sympathise with them.
  1. Dickens implicitly criticises the Poor Law and attitudes to poverty throughout the text.
  1. Redemption and the possibility for redemption is an important theme in ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  1. Dickens’ use of light is vital to his message.
  1. Even from the outset of the text, it is clear that Scrooge will be our hero, rather than the villain.
  1. Humour is used effectively throughout the text.
  1. Tiny Tim is insignificant.
  1. Time is an important theme in the text.
  1. The dangers of greed are as important as the rewards of generosity in ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  1. Dickens’ dissatisfaction with Victorian society runs deeper than the treatment of the Poor.
  1. The weather is used the create meaning throughout the text.
  1. Scrooge’s redemption in the final stave is not convincing.
  1. It is important that the reader feels sympathy for Scrooge.
  1. Dickens built tension effectively throughout Stave 1, then it disappears.