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Welcome to Week 2 of the Online Book Club!

I hope you’re enjoying A Christmas Carol! Is this anyone’s first time actually reading the text? I think I read some short story adaptations of the novella when I was in junior high or high school, so it wasn’t until my first year teaching that I read the entire unabridged text. There are some parts that are a little different from the movie, aren’t there?

This week, I thought we could talk about some of the characters in the book. Scrooge, of course, is the main character, and his development is the main conflict. I have a hard time separating Scrooge from the picture I have of him from one of the many television or movie adaptations I have seen. However, unlike some other book characters who make it to the big screen, the movie version of Scrooge seems to be pretty close to the original illustrations of him. Check out The Victorian Web site if you want to compare the original illustrations to the movie versions we know so well. Scrooge looks like such a grumpy, feeble old man—it’s hard to reconcile that image with the memories we see with the Ghost of Christmas Past. Which of the memories from that first section did you find to be the most heart-wrenching? I thought the one with Scrooge as a lonely schoolboy was really hard to read.

I think my favorite of the ghosts is the Ghost of Christmas Present. I like how he is described as being huge and jolly. The description at the end of his chapter where he reveals that he has those two children under his robe is a little frightening and weird, but other than that, I think I like him the best out of all of the ghosts. And, even though the visions he shows Scrooge are sad, I don’t find them to be as heartbreaking as the ones from the past or the future.

What do you all think? Which characters are your favorites?

Do any of you have a favorite movie or television adaptation of this story? If so, why do you like it more than others? Do you have any favorite actors who have played the part of Scrooge?

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the comments section! And, make sure to check out the link that shows the original illustrations—it’s pretty cool!

Join me next week for our final discussion of A Christmas Carol.


2 Responses to “A Christmas Carol: Week 2”

  1. Carrol

    Thanks for the link to The Victorian website. Those are great. Some match the images I have in my own mind.

    I love the description Dickens gives of Jacob Marley. He is so scary and creepy. What a great friend to warn Scrooge that his fate will be the same as Marley’s if he doesn’t change. I actually feel sad that Marley will never R.I.P.

    I like the ghost of Christmas Past. The physical description of the ghost is very interesting. Its rosy cheeks, youthful appearance and dress trimmed in summer flowers make a great picture. I like that Scrooge can be reminded of all the people and places that were so important to him. He was reminded of all the qualities in a good boss when he visited Fezziwig. Now that was a great celebration!

    • Erin K.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the Victorian links, Carrol! I thought the illustrations matched what I thought the characters would look like, too. I think maybe the illustrations were so classic that they informed how people depicted the characters in later reincarnations.

      Jacob Marley is really scary! Can you imagine seeing a ghost, and then having that ghost tell you that you will be just like him? I almost feel like that would be enough to change my life–no need for the extra ghost adventures!

      Thanks for chiming in again this week. I hope you are able to find some holiday cheer this week like the characters did when they partied with Fezziwig.

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