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How does Scrooges character transform through his meetings with the ghosts in a Christmas Carol?

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How does Scrooge's character transform through his meetings with the ghosts in a Christmas Carol? The novel 'A Christmas Carol' was written by Charles Dickens in 1843. Dickens wrote lots of novels but he liked this one because it entertained people around Christmas, he was also in debt so he got a lot of money from the novel. The moral of the novel is about a man called Scrooge who meets 3 ghosts that reflect on his past, present and future. Christmas in Victorian was just as good as it is now but, the condition of Britain in 1843 wasn't good at all, all the schools were ragged and the streets were crowded. In London, where A Christmas Carol was written a lot of people were poor and quite a lot of the children didn't have families or homes. Oliver Twist another one of Dickens novels was set at the same time where the conditions of London were not good. Charles Dickens based the whole of stave one around the main character Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens made Scrooge come across as a really lonely, grumpy, miserly man. Scrooge is also a very wealthy man but he doesn't like to spend any of it. Scrooge said to his nephew 'merry Christmas! What right have you got to be merry? ...read more.

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Scrooge met Tiny Tim; Tiny Tim was Bob Cratchet's son, the little crippled boy. Scrooge said 'tell me if Tiny Tim will live.' Scrooge has actually started to think about other people. He is really worried that he is going to die. Tiny Tim was crippled and a lot of people cared about him. Before scrooge knew him he didn't even care about Tim. The way Scrooge says 'tell me' it kind of says that he is demanding and quite inpatient. Also Ebenezer Scrooge cared about how a lot of the kids in London had to work in workhouses. He said 'have they no refuge or resource?' This means he cares and worries that the children in London don't have any shelter. When they have shelter it's from working in the workhouses. Dickens really cared about the conditions of London and also wrote Oliver Twist. Both the novels have things about workhouses in them. The way Scrooge says 'have they no refuge or resource' suggests that he was quite confused and upset that this is going on and he hasn't done anything about it. When Scrooge first met the ghost of Christmas present he was really confused and didn't really know what to say. When the spirit took scrooge to Christmas morning he was amazed of what he was seeing. Normally on Christmas day he would sit in on his own doing nothing at all. ...read more.

Conclusion

The ghost took scrooge to the Cratchit's house. Bob Cratchit isn't home yet and tiny Tim isn't among them. When bob Cratchit got in he sat at the table and said 'I wish you could have gone. It would have done you good to see how green a place it is. But you'll see it often. I promised him that I would walk there on a Sunday. My little, little child.' This made scrooge feel really bad and upset he knows the man that the men were talking about was tiny Tim. The way that the quote is written is really emotional and sad. Scrooge realises that he is back how it usually is and is so excited about his second chance to everything. '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 the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!' this shows how excited he is and how much he loves life. Through all the meetings with the ghosts scrooge has changed so much. When he met the first ghost he started realising what is going on around him. After meeting the ghost of Christmas presence he realised that Christmas can be fun. And after the meeting with the ghost of Christmas future he realised that it's good to be charitable and cheerful in life. Overall it's amazing how much Ebenezer Scrooge has actually changed. ...read more.

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