Scrooges Personality

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Ebenezer Scrooge is the focus point of the story, and as the lead role he is the most important part of the book. Each section (stave) of the novel shows how Scrooges personality is undergoing a change from the beginning when he is greedy and cold-hearted, to the end of the novel when he treats others with kindness and generosity. The first impressions we get of Ebenezer Scrooge is that he is a dreadful, atrocious, stingy old man. This is proved as he previously had a business partner called Marley. Unfortunately, Marley was subject to death but the problem here is Marley is exactly the same as Scrooge, meaning that everybody (apart from Scrooge) detested him, leaving Scrooge as his one and only mourner, however, this did not stop Scrooge from being his usual self nor did it change his ways, as it quotes in the story, “funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain” meaning that Scrooge was still his stingy old self even on the day of the funeral by actually buying a cheap funeral for the man who was his closest companion at the time. This links on to what I had stated about Scrooges first impression at the beginning of this paragraph. In contrast to Marley’s death, I think that writer is also trying to say that Scrooge may as well be dead already, because by the looks of things he seems spiritually and morally dead at the moment anyway. Scrooge was also not willing enough to pay for a new sign above his warehouse, which stated ‘Scrooge and Marley’. Scrooge was so compact with his money that he wouldn’t change the sign even though years had passed after Marley’s death. People would come in and call Scrooge, Scrooge but they would also call for the name Marley, but he answered to both names. This however was all the same to him. The death of Marley is repeated several times, this is so that the rest of the book gives sense. The true description of Scrooge first appears about a quarter of a way through the book, before then there are only a few minor references to his character. The description begins metaphorically as it features the words “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!” It’s metaphorical because it is trying to portray that Scrooge is literally as tight as the hand to the grindstone, the word tight-fisted emphasises the hatred Charles Dickens for such people, creating a strong negative shock, to draw the readers to attention to such an immoral person, yet Dickens uses an exclamation mark, twice in the same sentence showing a true, sincere hatred coming directly from his heart, and by doing so a vivid image appears in the mind of the reader displaying Scrooges characteristics and villainous behaviour. The use of the word “old sinner” is used very successfully and in my opinion is a very good choice of words to describe Scrooge, especially for the audience at that time range. This is because people in the Victorian period were religious, and people who were sinners were deemed for only one place and that was hell. This would make the readers at the time gasp; hence Dickens would make the readers have strong feelings about Scrooge’s deeds. Then soon after the previous quote seven adjectives follow, “Squeezing, Wrenching, Grasping, Scraping, Clutching, Covetous, Old sinner”. All these verbs are used effectively as each one has an individual meaning describing seven traits of Scrooges character, which begins to give the reader a visual picture of how the character may conduct himself. These verbs could also mean that Scrooge may hold something really strongly; this may include his wealth or maybe Scrooge as a person, as Scrooge does not like to speak or interact with people as a whole. In this quote there is also a repetition of the “ing” sound emphasising resentment towards people like Scrooge. So far all qualities of Scrooge have been negative and so it continues. Then the writer brings in the object “flint” and states all the negative quality’s of flint and then compares them to...
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