Examples Of Redemption In A Christmas Carol

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Redemption is the act of being saved from sin, mistakes or wrongdoings. The greedy and insensitive behaviour of Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist in A Christmas Carol in his past life ultimately sets the setting of his future. Ebenezer Scrooge is living in London, England during the Victorian era and the industrial revolution where there are discrepancies between the rich and the poor. Ebenezer Scrooge fails to realize how wealthy he is and does not determine how unkind he should be to those around him. Charles Dickens, sets his novella as a morality tale and this is apparent in each scene. The story follows the unkind and unpleasant Ebenezer Scrooge through a visit from Three Ghosts on Christmas Eve. From each ghost, Scrooge is shown the errors …show more content…

While sleeping, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts. The novella begins with Ebenezer Scrooge being severely unkind to his overworked and underpaid employee Bob Cratchit. Bob is trying to warm himself over a candle as Scrooge refuses to give him more coal. Scrooge is so stingy due to his rough upbringing, he believed that if he made enough money to not be poor, it would heal him from all his childhood trauma. On Christmas eve, Scrooge is visited by his nephew Fred along with two Gentlemen who are collecting money for charity, Scrooge dismisses the visitors and states he does not care about Christmas and that the poor do not deserve his charity. Scrooge goes home, falls asleep and he is awakened by The Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes Scrooge through times when he was more innocent. The ghost speaks to Scrooge but he does not fully comprehend what …show more content…

“he made bold to inquire what business brought him there. “Your welfare!” said the ghost. Scrooge expressed himself much obliged, but could not help thinking that a night of unbroken rest would have been more conducive to that end. The Spirit must have heard him thinking, for it said immediately: “Your reclamation, then. Take heed!” Scrooge ultimately is not aware of the value of being visited by the ghosts and then he asks for an explanation. During this conversation, The Ghost of Christmas Past plays an important role because he can read Scrooge's mind. The ghost takes Scrooge through times, places and situations that reveal how Scrooge became the man he is. He represents memory which creates the setting of “walking down memory lane.” Readers need to understand how and why Scrooge became the man he is and the setting represented by the ghost is important. If the ghost can aid Scrooge in remembering who he once was, there may still be hope for him. Due to Scrooge's poor upbringing, he shuts people out and is money obsessed and influenced easily by money and power. His selfish ways are how the setting plays a crucial role in understanding the story and why it's so

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