The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not a Bildungsroman
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Isn’t a coming-of-age story because Tom still remains just as childish as he is in the beginning of the story. A Christmas Carol is a bildungsroman, on the other hand, because Scrooge becomes a better man and learns to respect others from the beginning of the story. Scrooge is a grumpy, heartless, hateful man who thinks only of money and himself while not even considering the feelings of those around him. “Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part”(Stave 1 Dickens). Scrooge doesn’t care about the health and welfare of his own employee and lets him freeze, not even using enough coal for himself, thinking only about the amount of coal he has. His mind thinks that if he has lots of coal, it will be of use instead of actually using them to warm his employee and himself. His sick mind cares more about the amount of coal rather than his own health. "Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough” (Stave 1 Dickens). His nephew comes to greet him a ‘Merry Christmas’ and he just says that he is poor and has no right to be merry. He thinks only money can make a person happy, showing his desire for money and his greed. "If they would rather die… they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population” (Stave 1 Dickens). Scrooge believes that the poor have no place in the world and might as well die to keep place for the wealthy. He has no sympathy for their unfortunate circumstances and no understanding of their feelings and believes they should spend Christmas, a happy day for all, in jails or die. The quotes show how Scrooge thinks only of money and this controls all his...
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