a christmas carol (1843)


christmas-carol

christmas carol

the story – Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work. During Christmas night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business associate, Jacob Marley, a man who was as greedy and cold as Scrooge is. Marley warns Scrooge that if he continues to live so selfishly, he will spend eternity wearing the chains that his greed has built.
Three ghosts visit Scrooge successively: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show Scrooge his error in valuing money over people. Scrooge is frightened by the bleak picture of his life and promises to change his ways. Scrooge awakes on Christmas morning a new man. He becomes jolly and charitable, and truly turns into the man he promised the ghosts he would become. He carries the spirit of Christmas with him all the year round.
The greed characterizes this character – Scrooge, although he is wealthy, is such a miser that he won’t even allow his clerk to have enough coal to keep him warm; Scrooge’s greed is his downfall because he is so consumed with his money that he neglects the people around him; Scrooge’s greed drives away Belle, the young woman he loves. Because money is all that matters to him, money is all he is left with. Belle marries and has a family while Scrooge grows old, and rich, but alone; Scrooge’s greed keeps Bob Cratchit and his family poor. Scrooge can afford to pay Bob well, but instead he offers a meager salary that keeps Bob and his family barely fed and very miser;
Scrooge’s greed prevented him from donating to the poors;
Scrooge repents of the wicked selfishness of his way of life when he sees the way he will end, alone and unloved by anyone. He repents of his greed and cruelty and promises to have a charitable heart from now on.
A Christmas Carol is the most important story of the collection entitled “The Christmas Books”. These stories are fantastic and contain deep truths. Dickens’s sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood and his sympathy for the poor.

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