A Christmas Carol was written as a metaphor for a traditional Christmas hymn. The title conjures the familiar Christmas tradition of singing round the fireplace or through the streets from door to door, a seasonal activity that joins rich and poor together and echoes the political theme of the story. Many features of the story also reinforce its musical quality. The virtuous characters, Fred Scrooge and his family, the Fezziwigs, and many other unnamed townspeople that Scrooge initially despises, all bring music into Scrooge’s life, be it through laughter, dancing or the joyful chanting of “Merry Christmas!”.
Music Symbol Timeline in A Christmas Carol
The timeline below shows where the symbol Music appears in A Christmas Carol. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Christmas. The cold deepens. A youth out in the street crouches to Scrooge’s keyhole and sings “God bless you, merry gentlemen” . Scrooge, now in a miserable mood, throws a ruler at the door, scaring the... (full context)
Then, Marley’s ghost beckons Scrooge over. Scrooge begins to hear a chorus of wailing sounds , which Marley’s ghost joins. Then Marley floats out through the window. Scrooge looks out... (full context)