“My purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land” (Dickens Preface). Dickens wanted to convey a theme of the Christmas Spirit in A Christmas Carol and it shined through in Christmas Cupid.
Ebenezer Scrooge represents the Victorian rich who treat those below them poorly and only care for their own well-being. He is a man who cares only for money because of the neglect he received, as boy from both is peers and father. Sloane Spencer, a Los Angeles publicist who wants the vice president position so badly that she dates her boss, who is also the head of the company’s son, is the representation of Scrooge in Christmas Cupid. Four ghosts visit both: Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s former business partner who has been dead for seven years (represented by Caitlin Quinn in Christmas Cupid), the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. Caitlin Quinn and Jacob Marley come to warn the protagonists of what will happen to them if they continue on the path they are taking (Dickens 21 and Junger, Christmas Cupid).
The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge and Sloane how they ended up the way they did. Scrooge was neglected by his peers and father (Dickens 30 and 33), so he found solace in himself therefore he became greedy. Sloane’s mother shaped her materialistic views on life and so she was constantly “upgrading” guys, leaving the one guy who truly loved her for something better and ending up with a man who admits to cheating on her. The protagonists have different pasts, but are very much like each other in their greedy ways.
The Ghost of Christmas Present represents celebration and charity. He takes Scrooge on a journey to Bob Cratchit’s (Scrooge’s employee) house and shows him that even though he has overworked Bob, he still shows Christmas joy. The Ghost tells him to stay away from Ignorance and Want within himself, just before disappearing. Sloane is shown her secretary, Ella (our “Bob Cratchit” of Christmas Cupid), telling her son...