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A Christmas Carol text analyser

A Christmas Carol was first published 169 years ago, on 19 December 1843. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, and his transformation after a ghostly visitor pays Scrooge a visit one Christmas Eve.  A Christmas Carol was met with instant success and was described in an early review in the Athenaeum as ‘a tale to make the reader laugh and cry – to open his hands, and open his heart to charity even toward the uncharitable.’ Use our text analyser to learn more about the language of A Christmas Carol.

Explore the text of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Charles Dickens’s much-loved novel, A Christmas Carol. Through the text analyser, you’ll be able to explore the story of the bitter and angry Scrooge, who famously declares ‘Bah! Humbug!’ to himself in the face of Christmas festivities. Key words, such as ‘ghost’, ‘past’, ‘music’, ‘life’, and ‘spirit’ have been extracted for the purpose of analysing their frequency and use throughout the novel, and character names have been picked in order to see which adjectives are most frequently used in their descriptions, and with which words they are most often associated.

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