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Examine the reader's shifting sympathies with scrooge.

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A Christmas carol February 2003 coursework By Ben fowler Examine the reader's shifting sympathies with scrooge Early in the book the reader is encouraged to take a negative view of Scrooge through the following type of descriptions "And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but he was an excellent man of business on the day of the funeral", this quotation shows that Scrooge is so cold and disrespectful that he would prefer to attend his business than go to his "sole friend", and partner's funeral. He was supposed to be the "sole mourner" at Marleys funeral, which makes you pity Marley that no one was mourning his death and despise Scrooge for being so mean and not paying his respects to his dead friend and partner. Dickens paints a picture of Scrooge in your head with a string of rapid adjectives such as "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" This use of negative descriptive language immediately creates an image of him, which makes the reader dislike him. ...read more.


So for all the romantics out there this is a very cold, heartless thing to say. There is a complete dichotomy between Scrooge and his nephew one a kind, caring, cheerful man the other a cold, greedy, lonely man Scrooge said one of the meanest comments in the book after being asked to give a donation to the poor. He asked whether prisons and workhouses were still open and why the poor weren't there. The men answered, "Many can't go there; and many would rather die." And Scrooge said spitefully, " If they would rather die ... they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population ". At this point we have developed strong negative emotions and thoughts towards Scrooge. Even though the beginning of the story is packed with negative feelings about Scrooge there are some points where you sympathize with him 'Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, "My dear Scrooge, how are you? When will you come and see me?" This partly explains why he has turned out the way he has as he is very lonely. ...read more.


We sympathise with Scrooge when the men are discussing 'the dead man' who we assume is Scrooge. We assume this because they imply the person is very 'stingy' even when dead, "Its likely to be a very cheap funeral." And that he is rich "What has he done with his money." These men are very hypocritical. They are very rich yet they are bickering over Scrooges wealth. These men are mocking and laughing at this 'dead man' and then considering just going to the funeral if food is provided, "I don't mind if lunch is provided". This quotation shows that they have no respect for this man and makes us pity him. In the final stave there is a lot of humour behind Scrooge. He has become a kind, giving, joyful man, "I am as light as a feather, as happy as an angel, as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man." This quotation makes us laugh at Scrooge, but also with him. The reader shifts his emotions and sympathies for Scrooge from disliking him at the beginning of the book, to not being bothered what happens to him towards the middle and finally sympathizing with him by the end. ...read more.

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