Theme Of Transformation In A Christmas Carol

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The play, “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Israel Horovitz from Charles Dickens’ tale is about a selfish, old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge that encounters visitations from spirits. The locations the spirits take him to display powerful messages that impact the transformation in his character eventually. Towards the end, Scrooge becomes a more kinder, generous person. “A Christmas Carol” evidently shows that even when life is at its most difficult, there are always ways to find peace and happiness. The beginning of the story occurs the day before Christmas (December 24) in Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s clerk, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s office in London, England. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, enters their workplace, wishing Scrooge a, “Merry Christmas.” Becoming…show more content…
For instance, Fred says, “...the only time I know of, when men and women seem to open their shut-up hearts freely...” Considering this line from scene 2 of Act I, it reveals how optimistic Fred is regardless of the fact that he does not have a great deal of money (earlier mentioned). Additionally, during the time of when Ebenezer and Present see the Cratchit family, Mr. Cratchit announces, “...I should like to drink to the health of the man who employs me and allows me to earn my living and our support and that man is Ebenezer Scrooge…” Bob is thankful for Ebenezer even though he does not get paid well and is treated poorly by him. At the final part of the play, the main character, Scrooge, becomes a more caring, thoughtful person. His actions during the final scenes, such as raising Cratchit's salary, concerned about their family’s financial problems during his visit to Cratchit’s home with Christmas Present, is also another example; “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow! than many a year. I’ll raise your salary and endeavor to assist your struggling family…” Scrooge declares. “A Christmas Carol,” includes literary elements that bring out the theme as it applies to character. The ghosts of Christmas take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through the past, present, and future in hopes of changing his behavior towards others, and they succeed. The message the play gave was awareness to the empathy Scrooge felt towards those who were less fortunate than himself and how they manage to continue to thrive. “A Christmas Carol,” clearly displays the merriment people find during their darkest
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