In Israel Horovitz’s stage production of “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley”, the
spirit of the characters develops into an adventurous journey. The setting is Christmas Eve and a poor man is working diligently while the owner, Ebenezer Scrooge, refuses to let him have Christmas Day off. Later that night at Scrooge's house, his old, dead, partner in business, Marley, visits him and tells him to change his ways and that three ghosts will come to haunt him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Future. They all show him scenes in which Scrooge realizes his guilt and eventually make Christmas a better time for everyone he originally affected. Scrooge changes from a cold-hearted miser, to a merry, warm-hearted person through realizing his guilt.
Ebeneezer at first is cruel, and would not give to the needy. Whenever there is simply mention of Christmas, Scrooge merely states: “Bah! Humbug!” (667). It is simply his fault for choosing to live alone and be miserable. The first thing that states Scrooge is a miser is when his nephew comes over to invite him over on Christmas Day. He refuses saying “I’d rather see myself dead than see me with your family,” (669). Then, men asking for donations for the poor come. Scrooge denies and asks if the prisons and workhouses are full, and refuses to give anything.
Later on Christmas Eve, three spirits sent by Marley attempt to change Scrooge’s ways. The first ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows him how miserable he was as a child and how he became a grumpy old man. The reason he is the way his is today is his lost love left him for him loving money more than lovingnher. “Another Idol has displaced me. A golden one,” (689) she says to him. Finally, she releases him and goes to find another man as she says, “May you be happy in the life that you chosen for yourself . . .” (690).
Next, comes the Ghost of Christmas Present to show him how miserable his employee, whom he mistreated, really is, and how his nephew still loves him even after how terrible Scrooge has been to him. First, Present takes him to his employee’s house where Scrooge learns how poor and sorrowful his employee, Bob Cratchit, is. Their family is struggling and Tiny Tim,...