Consider Dickens's portrayal of Scrooge's change in attitude in a "Christmas Carol". What message do you feel Dickens Conveys to the reader?

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Consider Dickens’s portrayal of Scrooge’s change in attitude in a “Christmas Carol” What message do you feel Dickens Conveys to the reader.

The essay will discuss the moral messages, which can be interpreted in the novel. It will examine the main character Scrooge, and his attitude towards life, his mean, grumpy and selfish character and his lack of Christian charity. It will explain the transformation of Scrooge and why the transformation occurred.

Scrooge's mean attitude was demonstrated when he said to his nephew,

“What right have you to be Merry? You're poor enough"

This is the first indication that Scrooge was not in the Christmas spirit as he was not joyful. This is also an indication that Scrooge was greedy and mean with his money. He thought that you can only be merry by becoming wealthier.

Scrooge said,

"… Christmas time… time for paying bills without money… and not an hour richer" 

This quotation enforced the comment that Scrooge was not in the Christmas Spirit. It also tells us Scrooge was worried about paying bills and making money and becoming richer.

Scrooge's lack of Christian charity was visible when two charity workers asked for donations and Scrooge refused. Scrooge said,

“Are there no prisons…workhouses?" 

“I can't afford to make idle people merry"

 These two quotations refer to poor people; Scrooge did not have any compassion towards these poor people. He called them idle people, which re-enforced his lack of Christian spirit. It also shows that Scrooge is not a true Christian as true Christians give money to charity. Scrooge is angry with poor people for no apparent reason and said that they should die and

“Decrease the surplus population"

These quotations show Scrooge was greedy he wanted fewer people on earth so he can have more money. This again shows that he had no feelings for poor people, as his business will only appeal to wealthy people.

Scrooge was cruel and heartless and did not allow others to celebrate Christmas. He said,

“A poor excuse to pick a man's pocket every twenty-fifth December!"

He was extremely insensitive and cold-hearted he became furious when his clerk asks him for a day off on Christmas Day. He ignored his nephew when he said,

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"Merry Christmas Uncle"

As this demonstrated he wanted everyone to be miserable at Christmas and did not allow his clerk and nephew to celebrate Christmas in the traditional way by being merry and enjoying Christmas. Bob Cratchit was probably on low wages because Scrooge was tight with his money. He also told him to come to work early the next day.

Later in the novel Marley's face appears on his doorknocker. This could show that Scrooge does care about Marley as he looked behind him when he goes into his house. It is visible in the house, that ...

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