Tiny Tim Was Originally Little Fred

TIny Tim

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • novella: a short novel
  • rejuvenation: the return to a state filled with energy and life
  • alliterative: repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words
  • appealing: causing people to like or adore something

Tiny Tim Was Originally Little Fred

Charles Dickens’s classic novella A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who hates Christmas. Scrooge adopts the spirit of Christmas after being visited by the of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The story was credited for inspiring a rejuvenation of Christmas spirit in England in the 1800s. One of the characters from the story is “Tiny Tim”, the ill son of Scrooge’s underpaid employee Bob Cratchit. The original name given to Tiny Tim was “Little Fred”. Dickens had brothers named Frederick and . According to some sources, it was wife who suggested giving the character an alliterative name. Even though Tiny Tim is a minor character in A Christmas Carol, he played a very important role in Scrooge’s awakening, and many critics say the story would not have been as appealing with “Little Fred”. A Christmas Carol was written in just six weeks, and was first published in England on 17 December .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Tiny Tim?
  2. Why does the report mention Dickens’s brothers’ names?
  3. How long did it take Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol?

Discussion Questions: How important are names in stories and films? Which character from a film or story has the best name? Why do you think so?

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