Dickens shows us truth, beauty, and goodness through the miraculous transformation of the character, Scrooge, in his story A Christmas Carol. In the final chapter of Dickens’ story, we are privileged to witness a complete and total alteration of the personal identity in Scrooge that exudes all that is good, all that is beautiful, and all that is true from the depths of his core; revealing a genuine heartfelt conversion.
Dickens exposes what is beautiful in human nature – through delightful personality and emotional response. The glory of God can be seen in the beautiful and passionate outpouring of joyful emotions. Dickens uses Scrooge to portray this beauty as the character, upon awakening, is so filled with excitement that he can hardly contain himself. He prances around his room so joyously and jubilantly, in such a manner as a child that he becomes short of breath. He even begins “laughing and crying in the same breath”. (57) Dickens describes his beautiful laugh as “a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs”. (57)
Dickens further exposes what is beautiful in how we view the world around us. God created the beautiful world with variety and change for our pleasure. To take notice of this beauty is beautiful in itself. Dickens shows how Scrooge’s perspective on life notably changes from the way he views the world around him to the way he notices people and even in the way he reacts to them. Scrooge, after merrily stumbling around his room and fumbling blissfully with his clothes, opens the window and has a renewed outlook on the beauty within the world he lives. He takes notice of the “golden sunlight; heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells”. (58) He is able to take notice of all the beauty that God has placed before him; an unfathomable beauty. Furthermore, Scrooge’s interaction with the boy outside of his window continues to reveal the beauty in his character; his response to the boy was beautiful. As the boy merely answered Scrooge’s simple questions, he recognized the boy as delightful, remarkable, and intelligent. He, unlike before, thoroughly enjoys the conversation with the boy – he responds positively to this human connection.
The value of goodness is mentioned in Galatians 5:22 as one of the fruits of the spirit and is also known as one of the key quality characteristics of our Lord, God. As Christians, we have been called to be imitators of God as mentioned in Ephesians 5:1. Dickens illustrates what is good by demonstrating actions through Scrooge that are good, generous and compassionate without an expectation of any return; frankly, the act of love. After Scrooge’s transformation, we clearly see his ability to adhere to one such command. The first kind act that Scrooge carries out upon the morning of his miraculous conversion sets the tone for how good he has become. He has a young boy run up to the store so that he can buy the biggest turkey there and has it delivered, in...