A Christmas Carol Essay
It has been said that nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. In the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Ebenezer Scrooge is a dynamic character. A dynamic character is a character that changes throughout the story, usually for the better. In the beginning of the novel Scrooge is self-engrossed, but with the help of the three spirits of Christmas he is transformed into a caring and generous person. In the beginning of the novel Scrooge does not care about anybody but himself. He is self-centered, stingy, and cold hearted. Scrooge is such a cheapskate who in spite of the cold, wants to save money by burning as little coal as possible. Even on Christmas Eve his clerk, Bob Cratchit accepts the cold because he is too afraid to ask Scrooge for more coal for his little fire. While Bob Cratchit is trying to warm himself over a candle Scrooge’s nephew, Fred comes in wishing his uncle a Merry Christmas. Scrooge responds with his usual “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge’s cheerful nephew kindly invites the old man to dinner on Christmas day. Scrooge, who doesn’t believe in Christmas, refuses and tells Fred that anyone who believes in Christmas should be boiled alive and stabbed with a stake of holly. As Fred departs in good spirits despite Scrooge’s grumpiness two gentlemen come in. They are collecting money to assist the poor. Scrooge refuses to give any donation because he feels that if he does not make himself merry why should he make the poor merry. The men leave and Bob Cratchit request to have all of Christmas day off. Scrooge is angry but finally agrees to give him the day off only if he comes in early the next morning. Scrooge goes home and is visited by the ghost of his deceased partner Jacob Marley. The ghost warns Scrooge about his fate after death. Marley informs Scrooge that he has one last chance to redeem himself to avoid the same agonizing destiny as Marley. Later that night...
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