The Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples is renowned for a time of harmony before the ultimate conflict. As the story goes, Jesus sits down at a table to break bread for the last time with the twelve apostles before his crucifixion, informing them that one was to betray him. Yet the meal was not conflicted, rather it was a symbol of peace. This communion bestowed among all present, both loyal and disloyal, a last moment of harmony and egalitarianism before a time of trial.
A great example of an allusion to the Last Supper is in a piece of literature drastically different from the bible, seemingly in both situation and significance, yet ultimately equal in purpose. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens presents to the reader a rather unique takes on the last supper. In stave three of the novel, Scrooge is taken by the ghost of Christmas present to witness a meal of the Cratchit’s. This scene is a successful use of the classic tale in that it is a bringing together not only of the hard working family of the Cratchit’s but to an extent Scrooge himself. Another direct allusion to the Last Supper appears in James Joyce’s “The Dead”. The centerpiece of the story is a meal: family and friends dining together on the twelfth night of Christmas (the number twelve only furthering the allusion) and leading to a final realization of peace and equality among all present.
Modern takes on the Last Supper: