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'A Christmas Carol' - character study of Scrooge

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Introduction

"Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" Scrooge is the main character in the novel 'A Christmas Carol'. At the beginning of the novel he is a brutal, evil, pitiless, cold-hearted man, but subsequent to meeting three spirits, Scrooge regrets his life and decides he needs to alter it. The main theme Charles Dickens conveys through the story is redemption; this is significant especially in the Victorian era, whilst there was an immense gap between the prosperous and the inadequate. Dickens uses Scrooge (a rich, greedy business man) to direct his novel to the very rich people, and to exhibit how money can impede your good judgement. Charles's life influenced his writing, like in 'A Christmas Carol'; you can relate his stories to his life. Most of Dickens writing was regarding poverty because at the time he was deprived. He had to work in a factory when he was only twelve and when he was fifteen he was employed in a solicitors office, therefore he empathizes what being a clerk was like, as one of the characters in 'A Christmas Carol'. Dickens chose to call his story 'A Christmas Carol' because carols have some moral background and to teach people a lesson, and that's exactly what Dickens wanted to do, he wanted people to learn something from reading this novel. Another reason why Dickens called his story 'A Christmas Carol' is because it was written at Christmas time. ...read more.

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When Scrooge sees himself when he was little, he realises that he was "A solitary child, neglected by his friends". Scrooge starts to doubt his life, and wishes he hadn't been such a loner, "but it's too late now". The spirit shows Scrooge his sister (when she was little), she addresses the former Scrooge "I have come to bring you home dear brother!" When Scrooge remembers the kindness of his sister he feels safe and wanted. The spirit then showed scrooge his boss "Why. It's old Fezziwig! Bless his heart; it's Fezzwig alive again!" Scrooge was really happy and excited to see Fezzwig. He observed Fezzwig and how polite he was towards his employers, including Scrooge, he was very happy and cheerful and he held a party for everyone on Christmas Eve. Scrooge realises that even though Fezziwig was a business man just like Scrooge now, but the difference between him and Scrooge was that, he was very kind and generous and he didn't mind spending a little money just so that he can make people happy "The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune". This made Scrooge appreciate his employee Bob Cratchit and regrets for treating him so badly "I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now!" The reason the spirit shows Scrooge this is to demonstrate to him that he was loved and people did care about him also to make him realise that money doesn't bring you happiness. ...read more.

Conclusion

deeds begin with, the first good thing that he does is he buys a big turkey and send it to Bob Cratchit. Scrooge then goes to Fred's house and is very nice to the girl and he is really happy to see his nephew Fred. "Will you let me in, Fred? Said Scrooge. He now appreciates how nice nephew is to him even though he had been bad to him. Scrooge does everything he promises to do and even gives Bob Cratchit a raise and becomes like as second father to Tiny Tim, who fortunately does not die. Scrooge is able to redeem himself by becoming a better person; from cruel and cold-hearted man to a kind loving person. This links back to the idea of the Christianity and redemption and the religious term referring to being saved. I n this case, Scrooge is being saved from dying a lonely, sad, old man. Scrooge's story relates to society because it people that if a man as bad as Scrooge can change and transform himself for the better , the everyone else can as well then our society would be a much better place for us to live in. The moral lesson that Dickens wants to convey is not to be greedy, don't let money obstruct your good judgement and money does not buy you happiness. Another lesson Dickens wants to teach his reader's is that even if you haven't been good all your life just like Scrooge you could also change. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rafaela Toci Candidate no: Centre no: ...read more.

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