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Presentation of the character Scrooge.

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Presentation of the character Scrooge In both the film and the text, Ebenezer Scrooge is an unhappy man who doesn't celebrate Christmas, at the beginning of the story, but at the end he is completely the reverse, he has become happier, and has now started to celebrate Christmas. In stave 1 Scrooge is thought to be miserly, cruel and stubborn. However by stave 5 he has become happier, merry and aware of people around him. In Stave 1. In the text of 'A Christmas Carol' Scrooge is described to act miserly towards his clerk, Bob Cratchitt as he was feeling cold and wants to light the fire but Scrooge refuses. Also Bob asks for Christmas Day off work, but Scrooge replies by saying that is 'inconvenient' and 'unfair' as he'll be losing money. This is showing that Scrooge only thinks about himself and not people who are worse off than him. In my opinion Dickens is using the figure of Scrooge to describe the way the rich treated the poor in Victorian times, but a typical rich man is described to be extremely obese with a jolly attitude and living a luxurious life. ...read more.

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Also the mood in the film is quite solemn and the pace is quite slow. Scrooge's stubbornness is interpreted through when the charity workers come to ask Scrooge for a donation of money to help the poor, but Scrooge refuses to give money and says 'Are there no prisons or union workhouses'. Scrooge represents the rich community who mostly neglected the poor and only thought of their own well being. Which is out of order, we can obviously see that Scrooge has a lot of money as he owns a business, so why not give any to the needy. It wouldn't do any harm would it! In the film, when the charity workers come, you can see carol singers in the background making us, the audience, feel sorry for them and despise Scrooge, as he refuses to help them. However, by Stave 5, Scrooge is now aware of what people around him think and he knew he had to change after what the spirits showed him. ...read more.

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Also Scrooge is shown to be enthusiastic to help the poor and that his mood is cheerful, through what he says and the way he says it. In the novel, Scrooge is shown to be 'merry', when he goes to Fred's house for Christmas dinner. In the text he is described to be 'jolly' and 'merry'. Happy to be around friends and family. Also he is joining in with carol singing and dancing. In the film you can see Scrooge being merry quite clearly, as his facial expressions are those of someone who is having fun and when he is singing carols, his voice is loud and cheerful. There are many similarities between the video and the novel, but as the video provides us with the visual aspect, the novel goes into greater detail and depth, letting the audience picture what is happening. Also there are some differences between the film and the novel. These differences are mainly in relation to the obvious aspect, that one version is a written format and the other is a visually displayed format, the film. The novel goes into more depth and gives more insight onto "A Christmas carol" ...read more.

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