Contentment In A Christmas Carol

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A timeless theme defines a phenomenon that can be applied to and understood in any era of the human existence, whether it be demonstrated through consistent presentation, or the lack thereof. To say that if one is never satisfied, there will be no merry can be summarized in one word; contentment. Contentment is a concept that can be seen in all lives, possibly shown in someone who appreciates every small thing or one who has everything but always wishes for more. The latter can be seen in the character Ebenezer Scrooge in the story, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. The play of this title as well as the movie, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” both show how being content with what you have is important. This is shown in the song, “Cheap Thrills”…show more content…
One of the characters who show a lack of contentment is Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Scrooge is an extremely wealthy man who did not appreciate the abundance of wealth that he had and always wished for more. During a discussion that he and his nephew were having near the beginning of the play, Scrooge interrogated, “What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” In return, his nephew replied, “What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.” This goes to show that there were people knew how much Scrooge owned and that they believed he had no reason to be the way that he was. It also suggests that Scrooge did not think that one who was poor and had little to own could not be satisfied as they were. The Cratchit family proves that wrong. This family was impoverished and was most definitely not as rich as Mr. Scrooge when it came to money. Where they were rich, though, was in their hearts. All members of the family were always generous to one another and never complained about their inadequacies in money. Even at Christmas, when they had scant bits of food on their table, they all had a wonderful time and were glad to be able to spend time with those they love. Even Tiny Tim, with his condition and all, was so happy and delighted just to look at the pudding that their mother had made. This kind of…show more content…
The “I” in the song tells people how they are fine with the fact that they don’t have much money in the line, “Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight” This shows that, unlike Scrooge, this person doesn 't need money to be satisfied. Another line of the song that demonstrates a content state of being is, “I ain 't got cash/ But I got you baby.” These lines suggest that this person has a loved one who can substitute for the lack of money that they have. Unlike the character of Ebony Scrooge at the beginning of, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” this person chooses love over success in wealth. Once again, the idea of choosing love over money is reinforced in the lines, “I don’t need no money/ As long as I can feel the beat/ I don’t need no money/ As long as I keep dancing.” The person has a love for music and dance and feels as if that is all they need in order for them to be
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