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A Christmas Carol

Book reports of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol are quite popular (not to mention movies!). Most people are aware of the basic summary of A Christmas Carol, therefore it is vitally important to find an appropriate angle for purposes of a book report, to bring the novel fresh and contemporary meaning. A Christmas Carol begins in Ebenezer Scrooge's counting room, where Scrooge is paying his bills. The reader quickly learns Scrooge's feelings about Christmas when he crassly denies charity workers money for the poor, denies his nephew's invitation to Christmas dinner, and tells his worker, Bob Cratchit, he expects him to work on Christmas day.

Summaries of A Christmas Carol continue with Scrooge heading home later that Christmas Eve, to strange occurrences. Scrooge sees the face of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, briefly on the doorknocker of his home. He then briefly sees a ghost chariot riding up his stair case as he enters the house. Scrooge attempts to ignore the various ghostly apparitions but is forced to believe his eyes when Marley appears before him in his bedroom with a dire warning. Marley gives a summary of the life he's led as a spirit since his death, being forced to wander as punishment for being obsessed with business and ignoring other people during his life. He is hoping to save Scrooge from the same fate and tells him he will be visited by three spirits over the next three nights.

Later that evening, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past who reveals Scrooge's past to him. He sees himself as a young, lonely boy, still possessing the possibility of happiness. He then sees his first loss of love due to the emergence of his greed. This is the first time in the book where the reader sees real sadness as emotion from Scrooge. The next spirit to visit Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Present. This spirit reveals the festivities of the evening to Scrooge. He sees the party at Fred's house (the invitation he denied earlier in the evening) as well as the home of the Cratchits. Scrooge is told that Bob Cratchit's young son, Tiny Tim, is destined to die if the future isn't changed. Finally, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge is witness to scenes of people discussing someone's death. The people are not upset and Scrooge is unsure of who has died. He is made aware of Tiny Tim's death, but the love amongst the Cratchit family seems stronger than ever. Scrooge finally sees that the person who has died, whose death has brought only pleasure to people. The headstone reads 'Ebenezer Scrooge.'

Frightened by the summaries of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, Scrooge vows to incorporate the lessons he has learned and to be a better man, filled with a greater spirit. When Scrooge wakes up only one night has passed. It is Christmas day. Scrooge sends a turkey to the Cratchit family, he donates sizable money to the charity he denied the day before, and he joins Fred's family for the Christmas festivities and has a wonderful time. The next day he also gives Bob Cratchit a raise and becomes very close to Tiny Tim, whose dire future is averted.

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