A Christmas Carol – Stave One

If you have chosen to submit your answers via the blog, you have come the right place! Here are the questions:

  1. What narrative hook does the opening sentence of Stave One imply?
  2. “You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” Why do you think Dickens directly addresses “you” here?
  3. Re-read the description of Scrooge in the 6th paragraph of Stave One (beginning with “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!” What does this description tell you of his character? Which words does Dickens use to create an image of Scrooge?
  4. Contrast Scrooge and his nephew. How are they different?
  5. How does Scrooge feel about celebrating Christmas?
  6. Why does Scrooge like the darkness? (paragraph 85; just after Scrooge sees Marley’s face in the door knocker.)
  7. What do you think Marley’s chain represents? Why does he wear it? Why does he appear to Scrooge? What warning does he give Scrooge?
  8. Which quote from Stave One do you think shows that Marley is sorry for the priorities he had when he was alive?
  9. Why are the phantoms (three paragraphs from the end of the stave) upset?

By the way, what do you think of the story so far??

2 Responses to “A Christmas Carol – Stave One”

  1. reffering to himself

  2. Yes, he was :)

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