A Christmas Carol Term Paper

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English 12
January 2, 2013

A Christmas Carol

In A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens the main character Ebenezer Scrooge is a sour old man who is in for a rude awakening. In the book Ebenezer Scrooge seeks redemption in order to avoid a tragic future that lies ahead. Scrooge undergoes many hard times in his past which lead him to such a lonely life filled with only his work. He is extremely miserable and hates the Christmas season; he believes that all the festivities are a waste of time. Ebenezer states that ““If I could work my will every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.  He should! (Stave 1).”” During the novel Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts: the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas yet to come, they showed him all parts of his life. This made him wish to change his ways so that his future wouldn’t be what it was sought to be. “Scrooge seeks redemption through the many lessons taught by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.”

As the novel begins Scrooge is in his office on Christmas Eve working hard with his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Right away you can tell that he is an unsympathetic old man who doesn’t have a care in the world for Christmas. He rants on to his nephew who comes in to invite him to Christmas dinner that Christmas is a humbug and his nephew has no reason to be merry because he is poor. When leaving he sees tiny Tim who was waiting for his father Bob Cratchit. He tells the boy that he will be waiting a while because his dad does not get off anytime soon. Ebenezer continues on his was when he comes across men asking for a donation, he tells them “”I wish to be left alone, since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer.  I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry.  I help to support the establishments I...
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