A Christmas Carol

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Character Analysis

The most ominous of all the spirits, he is a robed, silent figure and Scrooge fears his message most of all. The spirit points his bony hand towards the visions he has in store, and eventually leads Scrooge to his own lonely grave stone, a prediction of his fate if his lifestyle remains the same. This spirit seals the moral lesson of the story.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Quotes in A Christmas Carol

The A Christmas Carol quotes below are all either spoken by The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come or refer to The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of A Christmas Carol published in 2003.
Stave 4 Quotes

The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.

Related Characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Page Number: 95
Explanation and Analysis:

The fourth Ghost that visits Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Future. In this quote, the Phantom is described as very somber, draped in a cloak, and reminiscent of the Grim Reaper. He is silent and grim, a direct contrast to the Ghosts of Past and Present. The Ghost's very demeanor brings Scrooge to his knees.

The morbidity that surrounds the presence of this Ghost, particularly compared to the youthful glow of the Ghost of Christmas Past and the jolly generosity of the Ghost of Christmas Present, is an ominous sign for Scrooge's Christmases to come. Though Christmas, as all of the Ghosts attempt to show Scrooge, is a time when generosity and charity are supposed to be available to all, if Scrooge does not change his ways, his future Christmases will be ones of misery and despair. Comparing his Christmases past, present, and future will inspire Scrooge to revise his attitude towards himself and his fellow man so that what he views as the future in its current state will never actually come to be. 

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'Ghost of the Future!' he exclaimed, 'I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?'

Related Characters: Ebenezer Scrooge (speaker), The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Page Number: 96
Explanation and Analysis:

By the time the Ghost of Christmas Future comes to visit Scrooge, he has already learned his lesson: no good will ever come of his miserly ways, for himself or for the people around him. Yet, the Ghost refuses to address him, even though Scrooge entreats him to do so in this quote. 

Unlike the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, who help guide Scrooge to understand aspects of his past and present in order to learn his lesson about charity and empathy, the Ghost of Christmas Future does not speak to Scrooge. Rather, he brings him to the circumstances surrounding the death of an old man who was despised in life, and disparaged in death. Scrooge must realize for himself that this fate is to be his if he does not revise his attitude and moral sentiments. By refusing to speak to Scrooge, the Ghost ensures that this realization is entirely the old man's own, rendering the lesson much more powerful. 

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The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Character Timeline in A Christmas Carol

The timeline below shows where the character The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears in A Christmas Carol. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Stave 3
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Social Dissatisfaction and the Poor Laws Theme Icon
...miserable animals, so sick and shriveled that they look old instead of young. Scrooge asks the spirit if they are his. The spirit replies that they are Man’s. They represent Ignorance and... (full context)
Stave 4
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The last ghost approaches, but is shrouded in a black garment so that all Scrooge can see of... (full context)
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Christmas and Tradition Theme Icon
Scrooge follows the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and suddenly they are in the midst of a street, busy with trade. Scrooge stops... (full context)
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Scrooge looks questioningly to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come , but it just moves on to another group. Scrooge recognizes these men. This time... (full context)
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Social Dissatisfaction and the Poor Laws Theme Icon
Scrooge realizes the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is looking at him again, and feels a new surge of terror. The ghost leads... (full context)
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...dim light, there is a bed and on top, a body, covered in a sheet. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come points ominously towards the head but Scrooge finds he can't make himself remove the cloth.... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Christmas and Tradition Theme Icon
Scrooge assures the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come that he is aware of the lesson he is being taught and begs to leave,... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Christmas and Tradition Theme Icon
...to dim even slightly the terrible image of the body lying alone in that house. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes him to Bob Cratchit’s house, where the Cratchits are unusually silent, waiting for Bob... (full context)
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Social Dissatisfaction and the Poor Laws Theme Icon
Scrooge can tell that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is about to leave him. He wants to know finally who the dead man is.... (full context)
Past, Present and Future – The Threat of Time Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Christmas and Tradition Theme Icon
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come keeps pointing, now it is clear that he is directing Scrooge to one grave in... (full context)
Stave 5
Family Theme Icon
Greed, Generosity and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Christmas and Tradition Theme Icon
...home, and he enjoys an evening that is just as wonderful as it was in the spirit ’s vision. (full context)