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The Metamorphosis Of Ebenezer Scrooge In Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge learned a great deal about himself during the visitations of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where not really "fuelled" by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be during his life but also in the end.
In the first stave, Dickens tries to point out that Scrooge is a character that ...view middle of the document...

Scrooge shows his sadness when he sees “A solitary child, neglected by his friends is left there still.” Scrooge said he knew it. And he sobbed.” Regret is another emotion displayed on page 37. “Nothing. There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something: that’s all. This quote could be a symbol of hope for Scrooge which, in turn, creates an intense effect for the reader because we see that Scrooge is changing slowly into a better man.
Dickens used a lot of description to guide the reader through all the emotions displayed by Scrooge in this visit and the surroundings the visit brought them to, such as “and called out, in a comfortable, oily, rich, fat, vocal voice....” and “bright a ballroom as you would desire to see upon a winter’s night!” Happiness is one more emotion shown during the visit, “Why, it’s old Fezziwig! Bless his heart, it’s Fezziwig! Bless his heart, its Fezziwig alive again! This shows that Scrooge still is capable of being happy once again and it also shows the reader the lighter side of Scrooge that the reader has never seen before. The final emotion seen in this visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past revealed by Scrooge was sadness.”Quite alone in the world, I do believe.” This shows how Scrooge’s “journey” into loneliness and bitterness began at the point where he chooses money over love. This creates a dramatic effect to which the reader emphasizes with Scrooge when seeing a different side to Scrooge’s loneliness and how he lost his “last” chance at happiness. Scrooge contrasts his life with hers and her husband's. While they have a happy Christmas together, he is working alone. They are not wealthy as he is but not poor financially. In other ways they are far richer than he. Scrooge thinks of how good it would be to have a daughter like Belle's to look up to him.
In Stave 2, Scrooge’s behaviour changes due to the Ghost of Christmas Present as he sees how his selfishness affected others and how important Christmas as it brings families together. Also, Scrooge experiences grief which shows Scrooge’s ability to feel anything but self-indulgence. “If these shadows remain unaltered by the future, the boy will die – “No, no” said Scrooge, “Oh, no, kind spirit! Say he will be spared!” Another quote showing this emotion is the following, “They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish, but prostate too, in their humility.” In my opinion, Scrooge and those who supported the same things he supported did this to the symbolic children. This is Charles Dickens’s way of highlighting the children workhouses at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Dickens disapproved of the children workhouses as his own experience of poverty at one point in his childhood marked him for life and made him very concerned with the plight of the poor.
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