Scrooge's Change In A Christmas Carol

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Scrooge's Change in A Christmas Carol

Dickens combines a description of hardships faced by the poor with a
heart-rending sentimental celebration of the Christmas season. The
novel contains dramatic and comic element as well as a deep felt moral
theme. In the beginning of the novel Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed as
a hardhearted and unsociable man. However at the end of the novel we
see dramatic changes in him as a trio of ghostly visitations causes a
complete change in him. Scrooges transformed from an unpleasant and
penny-pinching character to a charitable kind man. The following essay
focuses and examines the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, delving into his
past, present and supposed future.

In the opening of the novel, Scrooge is depicted as a miser who would
not even give enough coal to his clerk despite the harsh weather to
keep the office warm. His greed is his downfall, because he is so
consumed with his money that he neglects people around him. He spends
his day counting profits wishing that the whole world would leave him
alone. His entire life is based on making more profits. Dickens
describes Scrooge as a"squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping,
clutching, covetous old sinner!" and that "No wind that blew was
bitterer than he," meaning he was harsh and very bitter. He also
states that he is as "Solitary as an oyster," which means he did not
open up to people and was often alone.

On Christmas Eve his nephew comes to invite Scrooge to a Christmas
dinner. Scrooge however refuses and replies with his customary phrase
"Bah! Humbug!" refusing to share his nephew's Christmas cheer. He sees
Christmas as a time for finding yourself "a year older but not an hour
richer." After Fred departs, a pair of portly gentlemen enter the
office to ask Scrooge for a charitable donation to help the poor.
Scrooge angrily replies that there are prisons and workhouses and they
leave empty-handed. Scrooge is greedy and sees no reason in donating
money to the poor. He thinks of them as idle and he states that if
they would rather die than to go to the workhouse "they had better do
it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge confronts Bob
Crachit and complains about Bob's wish to take Christmas day off.
"What good is Christmas," Scrooge snipes, " that it should shut down
businesses?" he reluctantly agrees to give Bob a day off, providing he
arrives earlier to work the next day.

Later that evening Scrooge returns home through dismal, fog-blanketed
London streets. Just before entering his house, the doorknocker
catches his attention. He sees a ghostly image that gives him a
momentary shock; it is the peering face of Jacob Marley his dead
partner. When Scrooge takes a closer look the image disappears. With a
disgusted "Pooh-Pooh," Scrooge opens the door and enters his hose. He
makes no...

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