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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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