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This largely popular Christmas story highlights the miserable life of Ebenezer Scrooge and the humble innocence of his employee, Bob Cratchit. Through a series of eye-opening experiences, Scrooge realizes the things missing in his life and the effect that his bitterness is having on others. A complex literary piece, there is also a bigger picture to the story as we see Scrooge represents the coldness of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge's cold heart restored to the rejuvenated cheerfulness he had known in his youth.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is generally regarded as the greatest English novelist of the Victorian period. The author of many noted works, including David Copperfield, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations, Dickens has remained popular with readers for more than 150 years. His novels are praised by critics and scholars alike, and 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.