A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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A pill bug is an insect that forms a hard shell around its soft flesh whenever startled or scared. Just like this pill bug, humans guard themselves from anything that hurts them without realizing that they are shutting out the most precious moments of their lives. Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is a cold man. He finds what he defines as true happiness in the form of money and wealth. At first he only seems to be a machine living in a human form, but as Scrooge's true journey and hardships are revealed, it becomes difficult to blame only Scrooge for his independence. It is inevitable that Scrooge's rudeness and impudent ferocity towards people led to the mistreatment of his dead body, but Scrooge's walls were not built for nothing. As the story progresses, and his true story from start to finish is revealed. There is no one person to blame, for it was the wrong of everyone. As Blaise Pascal once said, “All of humanity's problems stem from a man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
At first glance, Ebenezer Scrooge is a strange man. In his old age, he lives alone in a manor that was once owned by his deceased business partner, the only person he ever interacted with. His thoughts are always cruel and thoughtless as it is displayed when Scrooge says, “ 'If they would rather die,' said Scrooge, 'they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population' ”(10). At the story's start, Scrooge is an antisocial person who avoids interactions with people claiming that they are useless. He is viewed by others as a demeaning figure who is to be shunned because of his uninviting manner. People who were content with their lives were surrounded by their peers and neighbors and never encourage death, but instead, they froliced around, and make even the most depressed person in the world merry with their unique charm. Scrooge, without a doubt, was not that type of person. While all of the world's happenings were coming and going, Scrooge hid himself in his financial successes. He became the cause of his own misery. By secluding his life to strictly himself, Scrooge became the motivator to his own problem.
However, Scrooge suffered. His childhood ended in a mangled mess. Whatever it started from had been chewed, digested, and spit back out. He suffered at home with an unloving father who is described by Fan, Scrooge's younger sister when she greets him excitedly by saying, “'Home for good and all. Home, for ever and ever. Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home's like Heaven!' ”(37). These flustered words that were quickly relayed to Scrooge proves that in the past, their father was not kind, but rather mean. Scrooge was forced at a young age to take in living away from home and also protecting himself and his sister from the undiscovered intensity of his rage. There was also the agonizing pain he underwent everyday as a child at school that is palpable when the Ghost of Christmas Past...

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