Transformation In A Christmas Carol

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The staves in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol emphasize the passage of time and process of transformation. Stave Two takes Scoorge to Christmas past, in which Scrooge observes himself as a child and the people of his past. Dickens emphasizes in stave two that the state of a child matters very much of what the child will become. In the passage on page 1395 Scrooge revisits a Christmas party hosted by his former boss, Fezziweg. In this passage, strategies of characterization create a distinction between Fezziweg as a boss and his relationship with his employees in comparison with Scrooge as a boss and his relationship with Cratchit. The abundance of the party illustrates the secular celebration of Christmas and creates an allusion between ideologies of wealth between the latter and former Scrooge. For the rebirth and redemption of Scrooge, he must be intact with the younger version of himself. This passage best captures Fezziweg’s impact on Scrooge’s susceptibility to change.
Fezziweg is introduced as Scrooge’s former boss. In this passage, Scrooge relives a Christmas party that Fezziweg had organized for his employees. Fezziweg treats his employees with gratitude and respect.
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In the passage, Scrooge replies to the ghost of Christmas past that the money value of the Christmas party is not equivalent to the sense of gratitude received as “the happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” This signifies a sense of remorse in Scrooge for how he treats his employee in contrast with how he was treated. The character of Fezziweg and the praise he received is the initial factor that encourages Scrooge to redeem himself as a man. In the fourth stave, his first action that marks his transformation is the purchase of the turkey for the Cratchit family, followed by giving Cratchit a raise. Scrooge is mirroring Fezziweg as a
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