Reading Questions: A Christmas Carol

Consider the use of names in the tale: what connotations do the various names carry? How are names related to our sense of identity?

How does Dickens build sympathy for Scrooge? (Mark specific passages where you feel the narrative sympathy developing.)

What is the relationship between Scrooge’s childhood reading (depicted on p. 27, for example) and his development as a character?

In his encounter with the Spirit of Christmas Present, Scrooge is at first simply confronted with lists–of images, of people, of food (see, for example, pp. 42-44). What is the effect of such listing?

Who is the narrator of this tale, and what is his relationship to the story? What tone does he take in relation to Scrooge?