Christmas Carol


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A deconstruction of a holiday. A very special holiday PowerPoint Presentation of Charles Dickens' immortal (but now made slightly less so) "A Christmas Carol."

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Christmas Carol

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Presentation to the American Miser Association Budget Inn, Newburgh, NY December 25, 2008
  2. Jacob Marley Dead as door-nail 7 years ago this very night Partner in Scrooge & Marley
  3. Ebenezer Scrooge Tight-fisted hand at the grindstone squeezing wrenching grasping scraping clutching Covetous old sinner
  4. Christmas Eve Scrooge in counting-house Visit from nephew “A merry Christmas, uncle” Bah humbug
  5. Scrooge & Marley— No. of Employees
  6. Scrooge & Marley— Employees at Christmas
  7. Scrooge & Marley Employee Profile Bob Cratchit sits in dismal little cell has only small fire warm by candle? boasted no greatcoat long white comforter (scarf)
  8. Scrooge at Home Wears dressing-gown Eats gruel Sees apparitions of Marley’s face doorknocker, etc. Is visited by Marley’s ghost wearing chains forged in life Doesn’t believe in ghost disorders of stomach affect senses
  9. Likely Explanations of Marley’s Ghost
  10. Marley’s Ghost: Grave vs. Gravy
  11. Marley’s “Business” Common welfare charity mercy forbearance benevolence Dealings of trade are but drop of water in comprehensive ocean
  12. Action Items Marley: Warn Scrooge chance to escape fate Scrooge: Schedule on-site visits three spirits three successive nights at 1 a.m.
  13. Ghost of Christmas Past Long past? “your past” Like child yet not so much like child Takes Scrooge through wall to market-town in country are but shadows of things that have been
  14. Ghost of Christmas Past Scrooge’s younger selves sister Fan died, with one son—nephew Fezziwig old employer office Christmas party
  15. Ghost of Christmas Present Scrooge’s living quarters hung with living green crisp leaves: holly, mistletoe, ivy heaped upon the floor to form kind of throne turkey, goose, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince pies, plum puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, seething bowls of punch on the couch, a jolly Giant
  16. Ghost of Christmas Present Bob Cratchit’s house Mrs. Cratchit Belinda; daughter Peter; son two young Cratchits Tiny Tim lame; sickly
  17. Tiny Tim: “God Bless Us...”
  18. Ghost of Christmas Present Christmas at the Cratchits Toast to Mr. Scrooge “Founder of the Feast” Mrs. Cratchit: “I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon” “Ogre of the Family” mention of his name cast dark shadow on party
  19. Ghost of Christmas Present Scrooge’s nephew Fred party with nieces and sundry thinks his uncle missed a good dinner all start to sing Scrooge recognizes tunes all play games Scrooge plays along game of “Yes and No” (~20 questions) “thinking of an animal, a live animal, a rather disagreeable animal” “your Uncle Scrooge”
  20. Ghost of Christmas Present Pulls two children from robe boy: Ignorance girl: Want Beware them both especially the boy
  21. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Shrouded in deep, black garment concealed its face neither moved nor spoke Very air scattered gloom and mystery Scrooge: “I fear you more than any Spectre I have seen”
  22. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Into the City Someone has died “I thought he’d never die” “It’s likely to be a very cheap funeral.” “Old Scratch has got his own at last.” laundress and housekeeper divide up deceased’s possessions takes good shirt off body “They’d have wasted it if it weren’t for me” Scrooge doesn’t get it
  23. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Leads Scrooge to the Cratchits’ “I am sure we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim” “Never, father” Spirit of Tiny Tim, thy childish essence was from God! Leads Scrooge to a churchyard points to grave...
  24. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  25. The End of It Scrooge: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” “will live in the Past, Present, and Future” “spirits of all three shall strive within me”
  26. The End of It Boy in street intelligent boy, remarkable boy tells Scrooge it is “Christmas Day” spirits have done it all in one night performed above expectations sent to buy prize turkey
  27. Comparison of Size of Prize Turkey (in feet)
  28. The End of It Scrooge sends turkey to the Cratchits’ Has dinner with nephew Next morning at the office raises Bob Cratchit’s salary becomes second father to Tiny Tim “God bless us” every one