• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Dickens show the way Scrooge changes from Miser to Man of the city in 'A Christmas Carol'

Extracts from this document...


How does Dickens show the way Scrooge changes from Miser to Man of the city in 'A Christmas Carol'? At the time "A Christmas Carol" was set, there was a massive difference between the lives of the rich and poor in London. The rich had private education ad the poor didn't go to school. The upper class earned as much as 32 times more than the working class. The average wage of working class man was about 25 pounds a year. The conditions on the streets where the poor lived were dirty, smelly, crowded and they were confined to small back to back houses, which were often shared. They conditions on the street only started to change because the rich people started to experience the same problems the poor did. At the start of the novel, Scrooge is described as "hard and sharp as flint". This means he is strong and cannot be broke easily, physically or emotionally. He has no feeling or care about anybody except himself. He is also described a being as "Solitary as an Oyster". This clearly describes to the reader that he is a self-contained person, who likes to be alone, although he lives in a crowded town in inner London. ...read more.


This shows that Scrooge, even from a young age was obsessed with money and had no intentions on spending on anyone but himself. When Scrooge goes and sees Mr Cratchit's family enjoying a Christmas dinner at their family home, Scrooge becomes very emotional, when he is told tiny Tim might not live. You can tell this by "Oh, no, kind Spirit. Say he will be spared". This shows that he does have a heart of gold underneath his hard, indestructible shell of a body. Scrooge is not very well like by the Cratchit's. You can see this by "I wish I had him here. I'd give him a piece of my mind to feast upon and I hope he'd have a good appetite for it". This shows that he is not liked because "he is an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man". This make Scrooge feel bad and he learns a valuable lesson. Treat others as you wish to be treated. If he doesn't want to be called bad tempered, money grabbing, old sinner, then we has to be caring and thoughtful. Scrooge every year at his nephew Fred's house, is invited to a Christmas party, but always turns it down. ...read more.


This shows that Scrooge has took into great account of what the spirits said and gone out to change his future. He is a changed man to the public. You can tell this by "If you please, 'said Scrooge and not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you" This shows Scrooge as being as kind, thoughtful, caring man rather than a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner". Scrooge now respects the poor people more than ever, especially the Cratchit's. You can tell this by "and therefore I am about to raise your salary". This shows that Scrooge would rather share more of his money to make more people happy than just himself. This is different from the beginning because when the gentleman comes to visit he pushes him away and believes in "Laissez Faire". Scrooge has now become a happier and more cheerful human being because he has changed his way of living. You can tell this by "they all sit around the table eating Christmas dinner". This shows he is not self-contained, lonely old sinner, but a sociable character and because he changed his actions, Tiny Tim did live and Scrooge and his family say "God bless Us, Everyone!" ?? ?? ?? ?? 29th March 2006 Claire Thomas Mr Green English ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Christmas Carol section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Christmas Carol essays

  1. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Priestley’s An Inspector Calls have strong messages for the ...

    summarises the play's philosophy; "We don't live alone," and "We are responsible for each other;" a biblical message, shows Priestley's sense for community and the antithesis of "if men will not learn that lesson they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish."

  2. The novel 'A Christmas Carol', by Charles

    The tool that Dickens uses is Scrooge. He is a caricature of the problems. He portrays what the rich people were like. He uses him to show the wilful ignorance of the rich. Although Scrooge can afford to support the poor he only does this through paying his taxes which go towards the workhouses and treadmill.

  1. A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost.

    Light flashed up in the room upon the instant, and the curtains of his bed were drawn. The curtains of his bed were drawn aside, I tell you, by a hand. Not the curtains at his feet, nor the curtains at his back, but those to which his face was addressed.

  2. ‘The First Miracle’ by Jeffery Archer, ‘Memories Of Christmas’ by Dylan Thomas and ‘A ...

    but he does mean well. He is very thoughtful and daydreams a lot as a result of this as he does at the beginning of the story .He is like his dad in what he does this is probably because he has been brought up to respect his father and

  1. A Christmas Carol Coursework. Dickens describes Scrooge as as solitary as an oyster. ...

    But before they enter, Scrooge says to his nephew 'talking about a merry Christmas. I'll retire to bedlam which shows that he thinks that prospect of a 'merry Christmas' is insane. When the charity collectors do enter, Scrooge refuses to give them money and rather asks them whether there are

  2. How Does Dickens Prepare the Reader for the Change in Scrooge (From Mean-spirited Miser ...

    When Scrooge's nephew appears in the novel we see Scrooge's attitudes in action. His nephew's first words are, 'Merry Christmas uncle, God save you!' Already we see a contrast in characters as his nephew is cheerful and warm, 'He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and

  1. Analysis of how the character "Scrooge" changes as "A Christmas Carol" progresses.

    In the first Stave, Scrooge's attitude to giving is extremely bad. This is well shown by the two gentlemen, who are refused by Scrooge when they offer him the chance to donate to the poor. Scrooge tells them that "I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry."

  2. Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is a tightfisted miser who has only one purpose in ...

    Christmas was "a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer". He could despised Christmas, and he especially despised fools who thought it fun and joyous, " . . . every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work