Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

The Lord Mayor Would Have Spoiled "A Christmas Carol"

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-23-2012

Studies suggest that both a gambling addiction and success in politics correlate with psychopathic behavior. Had Dickens included a gambler personality in a Christmas Carol, it would have been a different story.


What Was Wrong with Tiny Tim?

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-19-2011

Other than Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens's story "A Christmas Carol," Tiny Tim is certainly the most memorable character. Dickens used the boy in the story to soften the hearts of both Scrooge and his readers toward the worthy poor. Although Victorian sentiments questioned the thrift or industry of the masses, a crippled, saintly child was obviously above reproach.


The Poorhouses of "A Christmas Carol"

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-20-2010

There are few better stories for talking about economics than Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Subsequent reinterpretations of the story often try to make capitalism Scrooge's problem and government-run social programs the answer, but that was not the case in Dickens's day or in his story.


The Two Portly Gentlemen Are Entrepreneurial Philanthropists

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-13-2010

As I do every December, I have been enjoying rereading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This year I've been thinking about Scrooge's interaction with the two portly gentlemen who stop by to collect for the poor. These entrepreneurs represent one of my favorite financial personalities.


Marley's Ghost Was Haunted by Regret

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-07-2009

Although the way Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley approached their finances may seem identical, when we take a closer look, subtle but important distinctions emerge.


Keep Christmas Your Own Way

Posted by David John Marotta on 11-17-2008

In Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge asks his nephew, "What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money?" Sadly, that sounds like Christmas for many American families binging on expensive gifts.


Scrooge's Former Boss Fezziwig Is a Nester

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-24-2007

My favorite character from Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" is Fezziwig. Fezziwig is what Bert Whitehead would describe as a "nester".


Scrooge's Nephew Fred Is a Traveler

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-17-2007

Every December I reread "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew Fred is the character young people most easily relate to. He is young himself, carefree, in love and enjoying life with his friends. He has a "traveler" personality.


Belle Didn't Really Love Scrooge

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-11-2006

About this time each year I re-read "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens. By far, the saddest portion of the book is the scene where the ghost of Christmas past forces Ebenezer to relive the day his fiancée breaks their engagement and his heart. While we often assume that Ebenezer did not love Belle, the sad truth is that Belle never really loved Scrooge.


Why is Bob Cratchit So Poor?

Posted by David John Marotta on 12-12-2005

Christmas is a time for oft told tales like Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." At first glance, this story fills us with pity for the Cratchit family, always struggling to make ends meet. Poor Bob Cratchit is forced to work for Ebenezer Scrooge, whose personality makes an easy target for the cause of Bob's financial troubles. But, the true source of the Cratchits' poverty is not Scrooge but Bob's own impulse to live a lifestyle worthy of the Lord Mayor himself.