A Christmas Carol


‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens is your 19th Century Novel. You will be assessed in Literature Paper 1.

The full text is available here.

You can start your revision at SparkNotes or by watching Mr Bruff’s videos. 

Revision task: Create an essay plan for the following questions. Don’t forget to cover all the assessment objectives.

  1. How does Dickens present the spirits as intimidating figures?
  2. To what extent is Tiny Tim presented as a pitiable figure?
  3. How does Dickens explore the idea of forgiveness?
  4. “Tiny Tim doesn’t need a ‘second father.’ Bob is far more generous to Scrooge than Scrooge ever is to the Cratchit family, even after he has changed.” To what extent do you agree?
  5. How does Dickens present Scrooge as a man of business?
  6. How does Dickens explore ideas about poverty and misery?
  7. CHALLENGE! How does Dickens use the narrative voice in the novella?
  8. How does Dickens present ideas about wealth and greed?
  9. To what extent is Scrooge a sympathetic character throughout the novel?
  10. How does Dickens make use of the seasonal setting to impress his message on the audience?