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The Metamorphosis Of Ebenezer Scrooge In A Christmas Carol

5981 words - 24 pages

A Christmas Carol, a tale that revolves around a man’s fate in the
past, the present, and the future. Its story speaks of a man, a man
called Ebenezer Scrooge, and the changes in which he goes through.

‘’Oh! But he was tight-fisted man at the grindstone, Scrooge! a
squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner! Hard
and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous
fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold
within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled
his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue;
and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his
head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low
temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days,
and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.’’

This description describes Scrooge’s character brilliantly, it is on
the second page of the novel and immediately hits you. I feel that
Charles Dickens could not have described his character any better. In
my opinion the last sentence has great relevance to the story and his
attitude towards all things merry, especially Christmas: ‘’…his own
low temperature…and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.’’ Scrooge
is a very cold-hearted, spiteful man, he is never cheerful or in any
way nice to anyone. The only people who he at the very least endures
or respects are men of great importance or wealth, but also his fellow
businessmen. It would be easier to get blood out of a stone than to
get Ebeneezer Scrooge to be merry; ‘’Hard and sharp as flint, from
which no steel had ever struck out generous fire…’’ Scrooge has no
wish to spend his time with anyone or to make friends. He has only
time for gathering more wealth and making people miserable: (which he
enjoys doing immensely)

‘’…solitary as an oyster.’’ I believe that this description displays
Scrooge’s alienation from everyone, and his complete lack of interest
in matters such as friendship and generosity. ‘’The cold within him
froze his old features.’’ I believe that this description shows that
Scrooge is unbelievably cold-hearted, even unrealistically so: ‘’No
wind blew bitterer than he, no falling snow more intent upon its
purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t
know where to have him.’’ This description displays that not even the
weather has an effect on him, it is also apparent that Scrooge’s
personality was worse than any weather, he was bitterer than any
blizzard colder than any rainfall.

Scrooge’s attitude to others is terrible, he is not at all courteous
to anyone he meets. He is especially horrible to his clerk, Bob
Cratchit who he pays terribly. He does not allow Mr.Cratchit to have
any time off work during the year, except Christmas day: (Which he
does very bitterly and reluctantly) ‘’…a squeezing, wrenching,
grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old...

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