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How Does Scrooge Change in "A Christmas Carol"?

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How Does Scrooge Change in A Christmas Carol A Christmas carol is a moral story and focuses upon the redemption of the most hardened miser Ebeneezer Scrooge. In stave one he is presented as selfish, rude, angry and lonely. 'Warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.' he is thoroughly dislikeable. Through the attentions of Marley's ghost and the journey Scrooge takes through the past present and future Scrooge changes and becomes likable. He recovers his sense of joy in the world and this transforms all aspects of his life. How he reacts to people how he reacts to his setting, to Christmas and how he spends his money. It is a miraculous transformation. Dickens is saying that no matter how cruel, hard, old, bitter and unpleasant you are there is good in you and you can change. The idea of Scrooge?s change is born from the first ghost appearance that I consider to be a deus ex machina the dramatic and unrealistic plot only emphasises Scrooge?s humanity throughout the novel. Scrooge?s change can be observed through Bob Cratchit as Cratchit is foil to Scrooge his happiness and love for Christmas make?s scrooge?s coldness more visible. ...read more.

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symbolic enlightenment and truth and this is why he brings Scrooge back to his boarding school to show him a solitary child neglected by his friends, he was reflecting upon himself as he sobbed. This shows that Scrooge has emotion therefore symbolising a change in his vice and vigorously described cape to his true inner self. This ghost had showed Scrooge himself in the past as a lonely young boy reading alone in the school, the feelings he had completely changed him and as signs in his cold heart began to thaw and his inner being revealed. The truth behind Scrooge’s anguish lies within his past, this is why the ghost of Christmas past is important in Scrooge’s change. , were his fiancé back then cancelled their engagement because he was too greedy and obsessive with his work. He sees bob cratchit as a young boy, were he’s sent off to work for scrooge, as his clerk. There are signs that scrooge is having a change of heart, ”his face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and advice.” it also says “Spirit! ...read more.

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the other side of such remarks of greed and ignorance by this point Scrooge?s character has learnt that tenderness and empathy with those less fortunate creates happiness for both he and the poor. Scrooge?s newfound warmth is resembled as the Spirit asks him to reveal the man in the bed He is too frightened. He feels great pity for the poor man with no one to mourn him, and he assures the spirit that he will not forget the lesson he has learned by it. Then he asks the ghost, "'If there is any person in the town who feels emotion caused by this man's death . . . show that person to me, Spirit, I beseech you!' Scrooge knows truly the error in his ways He is revealed to his own grave, his funeral where no one attends, and the poor people who stole his silk-linen shirt when he died. He came to realise that people actually feel happy when he died. He is also revealed to the condition of the poor boy named Tiny Tim. Overwhelmed with all these realisations, he has changed into a new man who knows how to enjoy life with his family and the people surrounding him. ...read more.

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