Theme Of Scrooge In A Christmas Carol

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How does Dickens portray the character of Scrooge in Stave 1 of ‘A Christmas Carol’? In the story of ‘a Christmas carol’ Dickens portrays Scrooge as a “miserable and tight fisted” character, as it says he is “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” He is emotionless and lives off peoples suffering. As the story goes on Dickens uses scrooge to teach the readers a moral lesson: that Christmas is a time for generosity and care and if it you don’t bad things will happen to you. Scrooge is a moneylender he lends people money so they can pay their rent but if they don’t pay it back he takes there house and anything valuable of theirs and leaves them to suffer. Scrooge has a daily routine when he leaves his office;…show more content…
He does this by taking first, Scrooge to three wealthy gentlemen making light of a recent death, remarking that it will be a cheap funeral. Next, Scrooge is shown the same dead person's belongings being stolen and sold to a receiver of stolen goods. Scrooge is then shown Bob Cratchit and his family mourning the passing of Tiny Tim. This visit sets up the climax of the novella at the end of this stave. We know this as scrooge gets scared and says to the ghost “I will change spirit I will change”. Scrooge wakes after the visit of the last of the spirits, to find it is Christmas Day, and that he is able to change things for the better. He immediately sets out to help the Cratchit family, and others, while beginning to put right the wrongs of the past and the present. Tiny Tim does not die, and Scrooge becomes as kind as he once was selfish. Scrooge learns one of life most valuable lessons. A kind act coming from the heart, rather than from money, is what earns greater respect and appreciation. Although Jacob Marley appeared for only a brief moment, he was the most significant spirit: for it was he who told the moral that all faults in life are paid for in
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