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Sarah Roop’s Formal Blog Post on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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“A Christmas Carol” portrays the disability of Tiny Tim in a clear and often uplifting light. The young boy, who comes from a poor family, is always cheerful despite the hardships that he has faced. At times this is seemingly unrealistic. In chapter three, when Scrouge first visits the family with the Second Ghost, Tiny Tim is put up on a figurative pedestal in the mind’s eye of the family. This can be seeing when Mrs. Crachit asks how he behaved at church and Bob Crachit compared his behavior to better than gold.

As the dialogue continues, a connection is made between Tiny Tim and Christ, which further idolizes the representation of disability. Bob Cratchit relays the words of the young boy, “He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see,” (page 58). Tiny Tim is referencing the healing powers that Christ possessed. His mannerism is also similar to the representation of Christ as a humble person. Tiny Tim has accepted his disability and hopes that others will be able to learn from his misfortune, in a sense he actions and words self-sacrificing.  Crachit goes on further to say that “Tiny Tim was growing strong and hearty”, as if he himself is being healed by the powers of believing. The connection to Jesus and his ability to heal the the unfortunate  is reinforced with the words ‘”God Bless us every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.’ (page 60)

Tiny Tim was an icon for disability, as the family’s merriment often centered around the strength and perseverance. Scrooge upon seeing the small boy softened and was genuinely concerned for the well-being of Tiny Tim. This is seen around the world with people who have a disability. Those individuals are often reflected in a somber light that illuminates their disability, while acting as icons for the rest of society. The portrayal of Tiny Tim and his cheerfulness became a standard of measure for the world. People saw his actions and felt that all people with disabilites acted in the same manner.

Written by sroop

September 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am