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What impression do we have of Scrooge in the opening section of "A Christmas Carol?" Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870, wrote "A Christmas Carol," published in 1843 and it is one of Dickens most loved works. It is a heart warming story which was very popular at the time of publication. The novel aims to educate and enlighten the reader, as well as entertain, with the story of a cold, grasping man, by the name of-Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is certainly a bad employer and Bob Cratchit, his clerk, would know. He is a poor-family man; time off for the Christmas holiday isn't an issue, especially when you work for Ebenezer Scrooge. As Christmas Eve approaches so does the ghost of Marley, who was "dead to begin with!" Marley warns Scrooge of three ghostly visits. The ghosts show Scrooge his past, present and a frightening future without love, not to mention disaster for the Cratchits. The purpose of the ghost is to teach Scrooge a lesson in order for him to become a better person. The ending of the novel shows Scrooge can change, pennies are given to charity and certainly the Cratchit family's spirits are lifted as Scrooge gives generously. ...read more.


We can see from the changes he goes through and learning from the ghosts, that by the end of the novel he can help save a life by being thoughtful of others and charitable; he can make a difference. In the first scene of "A Christmas Carol" Dickens gives the readers an impression of Scrooge in just the first few lines. We are told about Scrooge's business," the firm was known as Scrooge and Marley" and that Scrooge, "Answered to both names." This tells us that Scrooge is just a business not a person who lives a proper life. The text states that Scrooge is "tight fisted" which gives the impression that scrooge is a mean and hard person. The simile "hard and sharp as flint" tells us that Scrooge is cold and brittle with no warmth in him at all. Flint was used to spark up a fire but there's no fire or warmth in Scrooge! Dickens says "from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire." We see how Scrooge lives on his own and enjoys this when Dickens uses the simile, "solitary as an oyster." This is odd because oysters make beautiful pearls but there is nothing lovely about Scrooge! ...read more.


We think his clerk is scared of him, "but he couldn't replenish it" When Scrooges nephew enters the office the atmosphere changes and he is in strong contrast of everybody, and everything around him. We are told, "He had so heated himself--he was all in a glow--his face was ruddy and handsome, his eyes sparkled." Scrooge's unpleasant miserable nature comes out in his reaction to his nephew when he says, "Bah Humbug!" In contrast to this his nephew is described as having a "cheerful voice," he is happy and bright and not afraid of Scrooge. Scrooge thinks happiness depends on money, "What reasons have you to be merry? You're poor enough." but the irony is that Scrooge is unhappy and miserable, because he's alone, although he is filthy rich. His nephew answers, "What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough." Scrooge is permanently cross and won't be cheered up, he's happy being miserable, "Don't be cross uncle? What else can I be?" In conclusion throughout this first section of the novel, we see that Dickens leads his readers to react to Scrooge in a negative way. We do not feel any sympathy for him and we see how mean and unpleasant he is through the way he speaks and his actions. Dickens' descriptions of him, by liking him to the weather using similes, makes us dislike scrooge. ...read more.

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