Ebenezer Scrooge’s Change
In Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” Ebenezer Scrooge changes from a bitter old man to a good person through the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. When Scrooge was a young man he was kind, nice and good person. However, Scrooge slowly changes from towards a more miserly direction the more wealthy he becomes. At the start of the story Scrooge is a bitter old man who is obsessed with money, completely shuts himself of from society and has a strong hatred for Christmas time and anything Christmas related. Slowly with the help of the Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, preset, and yet to come, Scrooge changes back to a good person. When Scrooge was a boy he was a good kid. Scrooge was often abandoned by his father, who was a violent alcoholic, and his friends around Christmas time when everyone went home except for him. As a result of his abandonment he does not feel for fellow humans becoming cold hearted. These are the first of his bad memories that occurred around Christmas time. As a young man apprenticed to a banker Scrooge was still good but the more success he got the more obsessed with money he became. His obsession grew until he was engaged and kept postponing the wedding until he felt he was financially successful enough which his fiancée realized would be never. Because of this she left him. This along with his beloved sister’s death proceeded to cut Scrooge off from society to the way he is at the start of the novel.
At the beginning of the story Scrooge is an old man now totally obsessed with money and completely cut off from society. Since Scrooge had cut himself away from society he is very disliked. For example, when Scrooge is walking home from work everyone keeps their distance from him and no one engages in any sort of conversation with him either. Scrooge goes home to a lonely house. Scrooge also refers to his clerks taking off on Christmas “A poor...
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