'A Christmas Carol' - Stave 2 Key Quotations

"a long, bare, melancholy room" and "poor forgotten self"

CONTEXT:

Children's lives in this period were often sad, especially if they did not have family or friends around them. Scrooge was at a boarding school and he is seen here on his own. Contrast to Tiny Tim and the loving family unit he has around him.

THEMES:

Isolation; Outsider; Neglect

LANGUAGE:

Noun phrase = "poor forgotten self" is a sad description of what Scrooge was like as a child. What impact did this have on the adult he would become?

"In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile."

CONTEXT:

Dickens shows another contrast here in that not all employers in the Victorian era were unpleasant and cruel like Scrooge.

THEMES:

Happiness; Love; Positivity

LANGUAGE:

Noun phrase = "one vast substantial smile" suggests that Mrs Fezziwig is warm and welcoming to all her guests, rich and poor.

"Another idol has displaced me...a golden one."

- BELLE -

CONTEXT:

This conversation comes at the end of Scrooge and Belle's relationship. She feels as though she has been forced aside by Scrooge's love of wealth.

THEMES:

Wealth; Love

LANGUAGE:

Noun phrase = the "golden one" refers to Scrooge's pursuit of wealth and riches, which has proven hugely damaging to his relationship with Belle.