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The Dr. Who Christmas special this is is “A Christmas Carol.”

The tagline would make Dr. Foss happy:

“(Christmas)Time can be rewritten.”

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November 19th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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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.

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September 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

Robert’s (In)formal Post on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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September 21st, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Robert’s Formal Post on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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We do not typically think of “endearing” Tiny Tim as a cyborg. This, however, makes for an interesting and thought provoking comparison. In “Disability in Theory: From Social Constructionism to the New Realism of the New Body,”  Tobin Siebers quotes Donna Harroway’s definition of cyborgs as “a hybrid of machine and organism” (178). Siebers argues that Harroway’s theory means “our cyborgs are people with disabilities” (178). Tiny Tim’s “active little crutch” (58), limb “in an iron cage”, and his father’s substitution as “Tim’s blood horse” (57) are useful tools that create what Harroway calls “power charged communication” (178). In A Christmas Carol, the “power charged communication” rests almost solely within Tiny Tim and his disability and his/its effect on the miserly Scrooge. Tiny Tim provides a moral conviction for Scrooge, one that ultimately brings about a change of heart in the frigid and miserable man.

Without his disability – or, more specifically, the prosthetic devices involved – Tiny Tim would have no “power charged communication” to affect Scrooge’s black heart. If Tiny Tim and his disability had not affected Scrooge so deeply, then Scrooge would not have “hung his head to hear his own words [about decreasing the surplus population] quoted by the Spirit” or have been “overcome with penitence and grief” (60). Without the hybridization of host and machine – in this case, Tiny Tim and his crutch(es) –Scrooge would have been doomed to an eternity in chains, Tiny Tim’s crutch would have set motionless by the wall, the Cratchits would not have gotten their Christmas Turkey, and we would have been left with no warm and fuzzy Christmas story.

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September 21st, 2010 at 11:11 pm