A Mean Ol' Humbug

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In his novel, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens portrays Scrooge as the children of ignorance and want; these children are under the cloak of the Ghost of Christmas Present. "They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meager, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostate, too, in their humility… 'This boy is ignorance. This girl is want'" (49). Scrooge only wants money from his life; it is all he cares about. He is ignorant towards any unnecessary spending of the money. Lastly' he ignores his families attempt to socialize with him to make him more affable.

On the first, Scrooge wants only his money as if he were the small boy.
Scrooge knew he [Marley], was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I do not know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain (1).

In the above passage Scrooge is working. The day that he’s working is the day that his partner Marley died. Scrooge knew that he died, but he did not mourn this at all. Instead he worked through as though nothing happened. This idea is showing that Scrooge wants time for work rather than mourning his partner’s death. By not spending the time to mourn over his dead partner it shows his greed for the money.

“Do not be cross, uncle,” said the nephew.
“What else can I be” returned the uncle, “When I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ‘em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,“ said Scrooge,...
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