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How does Dicken's representation of Scrooge in Ch

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Introduction

How does Dicken's representation of Scrooge in Ch.1 of "A Christmas Carol" contrast to the image he develops in the final chapter? "A Christmas Carol", is a novel set in the 19th century in England. It is written in 1843 by Charles Dickens. In "A Christmas Carol", Dickens has developed the character of Scrooge in a number of ways. At the start of the novel, Scrooge is a penny - pinching miser. I can tell this because Dickens writes: " A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" This shows that Scrooge is a stingy, grasping miser who, exists only for money and he holds his money very tightly and is not willing to let it go. He earned lots of money. He was not generous with his money. The weather is constantly mentioned in the first chapter. Dickens describes the weather was cold and bleak. And he used the weather compared to Scrooge: "the fog and darkness thickened", "cold became intense", "misanthropic ice". ...read more.

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This not only shows that Scrooge is a cold person, it also means that Scrooge is not important in other people's eyes as Dickens use the word 'invisible' to describe the church bell. In the final chapter of this novel, Scrooge's character is extremely changed. This is because of the happenings in chapter 2, 3 and 4. There were 3 ghosts in Scrooge's dream. The ghost were of the "Past, the Present and the Future" of Scrooge. The "Past" described Scrooge as a positive and active person. The "Present" described Scrooge as a miser. The "Future" described Scrooge as a forgotten being as no one cared for his grave. At the end of the novel, Dickens writes: "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel; I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! ...read more.

Conclusion

It shows that Scrooge understands that he had to care about people. He knew that he is rich but it doesn't mean he is better than everyone else. He had completely charged, he enjoyed himself and he is generous. After reading this novel, I've learnt that living in this world can be happy and positive. One shouldn't demand too much in money and possession. As long as we're happy, how much money we earn and how much possessions we could have doesn't really matter. I think that this novel wouldn't be as attractive for modern readers. This is because; this novel is based on superstitions. For modern readers, advanced technology and science would explain many things that Victorian issues couldn't explain about. However, I think that this novel reflects Christmas in a positive way. Everybody should be in a festive mood instead acting as Scrooge and being unhappy about everything in life. I think that there is lots of things to feel happy about in life. If we want to live a happy life, love each other. It can bring happiness to us and make the world a better place to live. ...read more.

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