Themes Of A Christmas Carol
Stave1 1 theme that Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol book portrays is greed. Ebenezer Scrooge first shows his greediness on page 9-11. A food drive is asking Scrooge if he could donate some food to the poor. Most of the poor people can’t afford to stay in a home. Many would rather die. Then Scrooge says if they would rather die, they better get on with it. He says it would decrease the surplus population. Scrooge shows greed by not even putting a penny for the poor.
Stave 2 In the second stave of A Christmas Carol’s theme changes to regret. As the 1st of the 3 spirits lead Scrooge through a past of Christmas’, we get the feeling that scrooge has regrets. During one of the memories, scrooge sees himself as
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Stave 1- Greed Greed is the main theme of this stave. The main character of this story is Scrooge. He is very wealthy and very greedy. He is very rude to everyone, and pretty much his whole town is scared of him. He wants all of his money for himself which makes his very greedy.
Not only would this occur on this seemingly joyful day, but in everyday Victorian society the poor faced the rejection of aid from the upperclass. Scrooge saw no reason to donate or even have an ounce of heart for them because prisons and workhouses were where they belonged. In the quote, “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population” (Dickens 6), Dickens reveals how their purpose in society is not needed. That their death would help everyone because there’s already too many people in the society. Scrooge exemplifies this by never minding the poor and his family.
they cost enough. . . and thoose who are poorly off must go there.” Unsympathetic and insensitive Scrooge only cares for himself and doesn't feel like he should make the move to support and provide to those in poverty. because Scrooge is ranked in a higher position in the England society and lives a greedy and luxurious life, he chooses to positions himself as if he is better than
“The righteousness of the blameless keeps his ways straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness”(Prov. 11:5). The story, “A Christmas Carol”, is about a cold-hearted man named Scrooge who transforms himself into a jolly, kind man when three Ghosts teach Scrooge about the spirit of Christmas. In the story, Charles Dickens illustrates the theme of how no one is past redemption through the transformation of Scrooge’s personality by the lessons of the Spirits. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge’s selfish personality is revealed, and the Ghost of Christmas Past comes and shows him the memories and truth of his life long ago.
Dickens uses Scrooge as a vehicle to show the guilt and regret he believed that the rich should have felt for exploiting their workers/ the poor, this was meant to challenge the rich and make them think upon their actions and change akin to scrooges transformation. We follow Scrooge throughout the novella tracking his change from the cold and cynical, cruel and calculating man who mistreated his workers, to a man who was joyous and kind, merry and empathetic who felt great regret for the suffering he had inflicted in those around him, most notably the poor of which bob cratchit is a symbol in the novella. In stave 3, the ghost of Christmas present takes scrooge on a journey through London to show him how the poor celebrate Christmas, Scrooge is shown the poverty and suffering of the Cratchit family, whom he employs, we are shown scrooges regret at his treatment of bob once he learns of how he lives, when he asks if tiny Tim will live the ghost tells him
At the beginning of A Christmas Carol,Scrooge is mean,selfish,and greedy. He is mean, because on pg.9, he never donates to the poor,and he always yells at little kids. Scrooge is also selfish because on pg.12, he never pays a day wages for no work. They say “it's a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of december!”Also,another word is he is greedy,on pg.17, says he is caustic and cold as ever and never gave anything to anyone. He said “what do you want with me.
Stave 1- Greed The main theme in stave 1 of A Christmas Carol is greed. The reason I think Scrooge is very greedy is because he doesn’t like to give and is usually self absorbed. Scrooge is also a very demanding man, he only wants the answer that he likes best. He doesn’t like happy things and his word choices are usually sad.
The collective greed of mankind has resulted in a planet where our resources are being used up at an alarming rate. Greedy people are often looked at like selfish and ignorant human beings. Ebenezer Scrooge is like that, but there was a time that he wasn’t. Ebenezer is a rich businessman who despises the poor. Scrooge didn’t believe in the Christmas Spirit, all he thought was that Christmas was just of load of humbug!(Dickens, 6)
In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens utilizes a plethora of literary devices such as similes, metaphors, imagery, and denouement to explore the capacity for change. This reveals that changing is never impossible until you’re six-feet under. A simile is a comparison that usually uses the word “like” or “as”. Dickens’ use of similes demonstrates how Scrooge changes throughout the story and because of this, we see how changing all aspects of yourself isn’t impossible. “Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self- contained, and solitary as an oyster.”
In the first stave, Scrooge, although he is wealthy, is such a miser that he won 't even allow his clerk to have enough coal to keep him warm. He insists on saving money by burning only enough coal to keep a small flame glowing whether the heat that it puts out is sufficient to keep the clerk warm or not. Scrooge 's greed is his downfall because he is so consumed with his money that he neglects the people around him, and when all is said and
Although skeptical in the beginning, Scrooge begins to understand why he must change his ways, and he discovers what he can do to become a better person. Throughout most of the first chapter, Scrooge is very greedy. When two kind men come and ask Scrooge for a small donation to help benefit the poor Scrooge asks if any of the prisons or poorhouses are still in operation, and the men tell him: “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” To which Scrooge replies with: “If they rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Scrooge was already being greedy by not giving money to the men, but he was also being extremely rude by saying people should hurry up and die.
Charles Dickens argues in his writing A Christmas Carol that the poor was being treated cruelly and the rich does not care for the poor. Pg 34 “We should make some slight provisions for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at this present time”. This statement shows that the poor and destitute were not provided with anything and they suffered a lot. ”If they would rather die they better do it, and decrease the surplus population”.
Christmas Carol Literary Analysis Have you ever wondered if someone can change overnight? In this book Scrooge changed very rapidly with the ghost appearing and changing him completely . In the beginning of the story Scrooge was hateful and in the end he was very loving. But once he started to change he changed very rapidly.