Just like water over rocks, a strong influence can change anyone. In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the main character, Scrooge seems like he can’t change, but after he is visited by three ghosts, he does change. In the beginning of the play Scrooge is a bitter man. This is evident when he refuses to give the poor money and his nephew does. Scrooge is also greedy. This is shown when the lantern girl runs away and he says “penny saved, candle saved.” By scene four Scrooge is regretful. Dickens makes this clear when Scrooge stutters saying “I… I have seen enough” because he doesn’t want to see any more of his evils. In scene five Scrooge is very sad. We know this because he wants to know more about Tiny Tim, and finds out that Tiny Tim died because the Cratchits could not get enough money to take care of him.
In the end of the story Scrooge is very sorry. This is evident when the future ghost visits him and he asks what he can do to change. Scrooge is also feeling extremely regretful. We know this because he takes a Christmas turkey to the Cratchits.
Scrooge started out a bad man, but it is extremely obvious that he changed. You can argue that he didn’t change but just realized his mistakes. I do believe that he changed for the better. Anyone can change; it just takes a strong influence. Water over rocks will eventually wear the rocks down; to change we just need to find the “water” that will change us.