Shaken by the warning of Marley’s ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Past illustrates to Scrooge what his greed has cost him. Provided with such knowledge the lessen attempted by the Second ghoul becomes possible as the need for family interaction is demonstrated to Scrooge. Silently terrifying Scrooge as it reveals the ignorance portrayed in the 19th Century, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come evokes cold hearted man to beg for redemption. Hence, the bitter attitude of Scrooge is altered as a result of the input of all four phantoms. Jacob Marley instigates Scrooge’s transformation into a better man as he warns him of his miserable fate.
In A Christmas Carol, Dickens deliberately and defiantly comments on the society which was 19thCentury England. As his own life gives context to his commentary, Dickens discusses what he sees as the moral and social imperatives of the time. As the two are inextricably bound both are addressed in an attempt to bring about the change he argues is necessary of an empathetic and just society. The inequity between the rich and the poor and societies ignorance in sight of this lack of social justice is central to this novella. The novella starts with Scrooge being a cold hearted, bitter old man, that has no care what so ever with the poor.
An example of a villain is the Grinch; a bitter, cave-dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small" from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Living in spiteful seclusion for most of his life, the Grinch has always hated the citizens of Whoville and Christmas since he was an eight year old boy. The reason why the Grinch despises Christmas is because he was constantly being bullied at school by his class mates because near Christmas day he decided to shave off his beard and they all made fun of him. So the Grinch left his home and decided to live on top of Mount Crumpit a snowy mountain that looks down on Whoville. He is the only one in all of Whoville that hates Christmas so occasionally he will pull dangerous mean jokes on all the Who’s.
He is complicit in Dwight’s attempt to lure Rosemary; he finds that they are too deeply entwined to stop the prevent carnage. Dwight’s attempts to “improve” Toby and turn him into a “man”, highlight the extreme vulnerability and sense of powerlessness that pervade many of the surrogate father figures in the novel. Dwight constantly sets him up for ridicule. For example, he makes him “shuck” horse chestnuts without gloves, which is an incredibly difficult task. His fingers become covered with a yellow stain and people think that he is hygienically unclean.
In the Lord of the Flies, Jack has been trying to destroy Ralph since chapter 1 because he wanted power. “He’s like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief” (112). Jack is telling the boys that Ralph is a coward and doesn’t deserve being leader.
Carlson The way Steinbeck portrays the character of Carlson makes me believe that Carlson is a fundamentally selfish individual, who is also insensitive. However it has to be considered that he is a victim of the 1930s depression. There are several reasons for this. The chief reason is that Carlson doesn’t consider anyone’s feelings. An example of this is that he thinks Candy’s dog should be shot because it’s old and smelly.
Poor Gene When only judging Gene based on his actions, Gene can definitely be considered immoral. After all, Gene does jounce Finny off a tree limb. Gene also kicks Leper’s chair from under him and runs away from his friend in need. Gene is completely contemptible for all of his immoral actions, true. Although, what he does is understandable considering that he is a young, inexperienced boy who struggles with “the war” (24), self-esteem, jealousy, fear (and other emotions), and maturing, or “growing up”, with no real guidance.
Rip also missed out on America’s transition from colony to nation, so that when he enters the village and yells “I am a poor quiet man, a native of the place, and a loyal subject of the King, God bless him!” (2317). With that comment the villagers think of him as a spy and want to kick him out of the village or kill him. When Rip finds out his dog is gone he is saddened but felt an ease