A Christmas Carol - Themes overview

There are many themes running through Dickens's famous novella, not least of all Christmas! In this story of a miserly man, we are presented with ideas of greed, forgiveness and tricky concepts of time, as well as themes of generosity and compassion.

The themes of A Christmas Carol, showing a dove representing Christmas, a sad and happy face representing redemption, and coins dropping into a cupped hand representing social injustice

Three main themes include:

  • Christmas
  • redemption
  • social injustice
A Christmas Carol can be read as a moral tale, showing what can happen to a man who is consistently self-centred and unkind.

Song: Themes in A Christmas Carol