Christmas Greed Greed is the one thing that everyone in the world has in common. Greed can cause cause someone to be selfish and hurt those around them as a result. Bad greed causes people and others around them to get hurt. Greed can change a person’s personality. In Charles Dickens’ book A Christmas Carol, the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, keeps and collects all the taxes, pays his employees very little wages, and doesn’t give anything away- not even to charities. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future visit him to attempt to change his greedy and selfish ways. As we study history, the richest people are the most powerful. It doesn’t matter what time period or country. This simple fact always rings true. The rich rule. If this is so, why is Scrooge not living lavishly and happy, given his abundant wealth. This is because wealth and greed are not the same. In the beginning of this book, Scrooge would rather hassle families and bring misery to the community than to spend the money he already has on a nice Christmas. 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
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In the story A Christmas Carol, a greedy man is visited by many spirits to change his mind about Christmas and his view of the world. They all use several tactics that are very different. Eventually, Scrooge comes around and becomes a good person. The question is, which spirit affected Scrooge’s decision the most? The Ghost of Christmas Present influenced Scrooge’s decision the most as he showed him the reality of people’s poverty, the joy of Christmas, and scared him with the prospect of greed in the future.
This is prominently shown in one paragraphs 63 and 64 “Portly Man: But sir Mr. Scrooge…think of the poor. Scrooge: Take your leave from my office, sir, while I'm still smiling.” This demonstrates Scrooge as a selfish person because he is stingy with his money even to the less fortunate. In addition to the previous quote In Act one Paragraph 10. “ Scrooge: If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas” on his lips, should be boiled on his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
They both provided the same message, show love to others, and don’t forget the Christmas spirit. I enjoyed both versions and their true message. There were some big differences in the story. The movie version explains Scrooge’s early life, unlike the play. It explains his childhood, and it tells why his father left him.
some people business is doing things to make progress, but in the Christmas Carol it means something totally different. In the book the Christmas Carol Scrooge uses different ways of thinking of business. The word business is used a lot in the Christmas Carol but Scrooge changes the meaning a little. Through Scrooge’s experiences and character development, Dickens shows the reader that he believes the “business” of being human is if he helps others and cares about his family and friends. Not about being rich that is portrayedin the beginning of the story.
Stave One, Dickens uses a lot of different quotes and conversations to tell the readers how Scrooge really is, most of these quotes are found in the first few pages and describe how much of a horrible, cold hearted person Scrooge is. Scrooge is described as 'hard and sharp as a flint, ' flint is a type of sedimentary rock with a glossy and waxy appearance and inside it 's usually dark grey. Dickens has used this quote to describe Scrooge as an inanimate object and get the effect what he was like, it also describes the same appearance to scrooge that he was hard on other people and wouldn 't show people his true emotions. Another example of Scrooge being described to an object is 'self-contained, and as solitary as a oyster ' this is a simile which is suggesting that Scrooge was a secretive person, who kept himself to himself and he didn 't like to show others how he felt or what problems he was going through.
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.
In ‘A Christmas Carol’, Dickens presents Ignorance and Want in a metaphorical fashion, depicting them as children. This is done in such a manner as to shock and appall the reader, leading to greater emotional investment. Throughout the extract’s entirety, Ignorance and Want are depicted as children, increasing the atmosphere of pessimism that surrounds them. Dickens describes the manner in which the Ghost of Christmas Present “brought two children” – by describing Ignorance and Want as “children”, Dickens creates the impression of innocence, vulnerability, and weakness.
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.
The wealthier one gets, it seems, the more one rationalizes their decisions and actions. The more one stains their morality little by little until they no longer need to choose what’s right and wrong but what benefits them. Whether it’s right or wrong is then irrelevant. From people to companies, wealth is the source of
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 the beginning of the story, Scrooge was a lonely greedy man. He also hated Christmas and didn’t like other people. One quote that shows that Scrooge was greedy is, “What
It’s human nature to believe that the money you earn is yours and that you have every right to keep it to yourself. This leads to hoarding and a refusal to donate or lend money to help those less fortunate than yourself. There are many who do not think in this manner and are generous and caring, but there are still Scrooges who are selfish with what they have. This can be seen when Tommy desperately asks his father for help towards the end of the novel. Dr. Adler, his father, responds with, “You want to make yourself into my cross.