How Does Scrooge Change over the Course of the Book "A Christmas Carol"?

Topics: Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas Pages: 3 (1034 words) Published: February 11, 2012
How does Scrooge change over the course of the book?

At the beginning of the book, “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge starts off as a bitter, greedy and unthankful old man without a Christmas spirit. He is lone and solitary, and his only friend is money. However, when he is visited by three Christmas spirits, to help him change his ways, towards the end of the book he becomes a different man. I think the author, Charles Dickens, wrote this book (in Victorian London) when he witnessed even poor children with no money, who embraced Christmas with a jolly Christmas spirit. I think the moral that this book is supposed to teach us is that you don’t need money to enjoy Christmas and we should all embrace it with joy. I think that Ebenezer Scrooges childhood and background had a big effect on his life as he got older. For example, as a child he was often neglected by his friends and was so lone and solitary that he often had imaginary friends. This had an effect on him as when he grew up he started to think that friends were not important. Also, in the book there is a quote; “The school is not quite deserted. A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still.” This means that he was neglected by his friends and was all alone during his school years. In the book, Scrooge was given a warning by a ghost. This ghost was Jacob Marley, who was Scrooge’s business partner in life. He warned Scrooge that he should change his ways, otherwise he would be visited by three ghosts who would haunt him. In the book, there is a quote ““I am here tonight to warn you that you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate.” This was when he was visited by Jacob Marley’s ghost, on Christmas Eve, who warned him to change his ways. After Scrooge was visited by the ghost of Marley, he didn’t want to come face to face with the fact that he would have to remember his past which he has long tried to forget. Later that night he was visited by the ghost of Christmas Past. The...
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