A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens recounts how a cruel and selfish business man transforms into a caring and charitable person. Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of the story, cares very little about moral principles. He berates the streets of London for their cheerful view of Christmas and focuses soley on increasing his wealth. He begins to change, however, when three spirits visit him on the night of Christmas Eve. They take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future with the desire of transforming his bitterness.
More importantly, we are shown how Scrooge’s love for money has stripped him of his love for his family and his appreciation for the world. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the theme of greed is explored. The first time we are exposed to greed is when Ebenezer refuses to give his long-term clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off to spend with his family, specifically his disabled son Tiny Tim. He proves himself to be a penny-pincher as he pays his clerk a very insubstantial wage and insists that Bob is trying to rob him of his money by requesting the one day off of the year. Along with this, despite noticing how numbingly cold it is inside his office, Ebenezer Scrooge does not grant his employee the gift of warmth.
Another example includes when the portly gentlemen ask Scrooge for donations and they tell him that many of the poor would rather die than go to the prison, Scrooge harshly replies, “ ‘If they would rather die...they had better do it and decrease the surplus population’ “ (10). This illustrates that Scrooge would rather have people die than give them money or donations. This is because Scrooge doesn’t care if someone dies and isn’t afraid to say so. Therefore,these scenes prove that Scrooge is evil.
He grew an attachment to the sweet little boy, and was surprisingly concerned about his well being. When Scrooge learned from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come that Tiny Tim would not survive the following year, it tipped Scrooge over the edge. Feeling guilty that he could’ve prevented the casualty by simply offering Bob a slight pay raise and shorter work schedule, Scrooge realizes that he can alter his ways and prevent Tiny Tim’s death by being a kinder person.
He owned a business with Jacob Marley and then Marley died. He was always angry and didn't bond with his family members. Indeed, Fred; his nephew, invited him to a Christmas dinner and he refused as a result. By saying he hates Christmas, because he thought it did not mean anything except for a waste of money. Another way, you can affirm that he was selfish could be when he refused to give any kind of money to help provide food for the poor.
The last ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Future, shows Scrooge a group of wealthy men who are speaking casually about a death that has occurred in the town. The man who has died seems to be unpopular as the men say things like “it’s likely to be a very cheap funeral” said the same speaker “for upon my life I don’t know anybody to go to it” one other man responds “I don’t mind going if a lunch is provided” (Dickens 52). Scrooge asks to see some "emotion caused by this man's death" (Dickens 57). He appears to be anxious by the way the men are neutral about this man’s life being over thus revealing Scrooge’s compassion for this deceased person. When it’s finally revealed that Scrooge is the deceased man, it can be inferred by his horrified and pleading reaction that he is scared that if he does not change he will be alone and a not at all missed old man he had seen in the
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
However, the American economy needed both skilled and unskilled workers and the migration of European immigrants to large cities allowed them to fill the growing number of factory jobs for unskilled workers. Because immigrants needed jobs, factories often got away with having dangerous conditions and paying workers low wages. These appalling conditions also transposed into the immigrant lifestyle in the early 19th century. European immigrants lived in cramped and unsanitary housing called tenements and lived with people of the same origin. Jacob Riis, an immigrant from Denmark, called attention to the appalling conditions immigrants lived in in his work, "How
Scrooge And The Grinch, There Is Always Hope. The act of selfishness has always had the ability to take over a someone’s. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is a story where the main character, Scrooge, is haunted by a spirit named Jacob Marley, and three other spirits visit him and hope to change his life around. Ebenezer Scrooge is a very selfish, greedy man that lives in England during the 1800's.
Draco comes from a very rich and powerful family who believes that they are better than everyone. The Malfoy family has never gotten along with the Weasley family because the Weasley family is poor. When Draco meets Harry and sees him with Ron Weasley, he immediately starts judging him for the hammy down robe he is wearing and second hand school supplies he’s using. Draco looks at Ron and sneers as he says, “I don't need to ask your name, red hair and hammy down robe you must be a Weasley”. Draco then turns to Harry and says, “You’ll soon learn Potter that some wizarding families are better than others, you don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).
There is stringent law enforcement in some neighborhoods especially in combating drug usage. Many foreign investors are seeking meaningful real estate income by buying property in the area due to the increase in interest rates (Freeman & Braconi 44). The technology revolution is gradually kicking out older and poorer workers out of the labor force. In addition, social stagnation evidenced across societies has capped the jar thus limiting living options for many people in the Bronx. The renewed interest in city life across the United States has put a great premium on urban neighborhoods.
united states the world power in oil, finance and communication. Robber Barons know what they are doing is wrong but they do not care for the society, they care only for money. These people had made a huge decision and changed America forever. When many workers suffered a poor standard of living and in terrible housing, Robber Barons were living a luxurious life and enjoyed their life. They made their workers work Christmas and holidays.
During the years 1880-1920 there were many issues because of urbanization and industrialization. The industrial revolution brought many new job opportunities with low wages making companies focus on women and children. These opportunities were available but at a cost, they were paid less and they were forced to work up to ten hours. The industrial giants made labor a tough and unfair lifestyle. They wanted more riches, but they were making people suffer in order to obtain the money.
Hanaa Hameed 2009 Adversity Both biologically and psychologically speaking, some people are more equipped to deal with trauma and adversity than others. Although class and prosperity can aid someone’s character, there is nothing more formative to a person than the adversities they face in life. While it’s true that some folks develop traits or ‘talents’ that aren’t necessarily used well, all people- to some degree- will change in the face of adversity. In the case of What Happened to Lani Garver?, Lani remains pure, happy, and lighthearted despite the constant stream of bullying from their classmates.
In life times are not always easy, sometimes the unexpected happens and you have to adapt accordingly. During these hard times, it shows who a person truly is on the inside. Many people panic and are not fit for tough situations, but others thrive in these situations. The kind of person who thrives, and are built for tough situations I think are the kind of people you should be friends with and surround yourself with. The fact that a persons true colors show during a crisis is shown in real life personal experiences, and also throughout most literature and movies.