Movie: a Christmas Carol

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Wint Hlaing
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20 September 2010
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a famous Christmas movie based on Charles Dickens’ novel. The director is Robert Zemeckis and the main actor is Jim Carrey. The movie was made in the background of London, Victorian age (1819-1901) when there was a significant difference between upper and lower classes. A Christmas Carol advances the Christian moral ideals associated with Christmas: generosity, kindness, and universal love for the community. It also offers a distinctly modern view of Christmas, less concerned with religious ceremony and defined by more joyous traditions: the sharing of gifts and festive celebrations.

The movie is all about giving us message that people can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end. The main character in this movie is Uncle Scrooge, a mean-spirited, parsimonious old man who does not even donate money for the poor during the Christmas time. Then the visit of the three spirits, along with each of their tales, changes Uncle Scrooge’s attitude; the Ghost of Christmas Past, with his glowing head, represents memory; the Ghost of Christmas Present represents charity, empathy, and the Christmas spirit; and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come represents the fear of death.

Before the spirits visited him, he would say the people, “I won’t donate any money for the poor. Instead let them die to decrease the surplus population.” However, goodwill overcomes Scrooge's bitter apathy as he encounters and learns from his memory, the ability to empathize, and his fear of death. Memory reminds him of a time when he was still emotionally connected to other people. Empathy enables him to understand the less fortunate people like Bob Cratchit, the clerk who works for Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s son who is a handicap. The fear of death helps him recognize the punishment and reward. All in all, A Christmas Carol is a movie...
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