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. At the last stave of Christmas Carol, after the all the ghosts visit, Scrooge is as kind as an angel.
Firstly, Scrooge was impacted by the death of poor Tiny Tim Cratchit. 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.
To take case in point, this novel is about a man called Ebenezer Scrooge, that was a selfish and self-centered 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.
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 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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