Scrooge's Redemption In A Christmas Carol

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Which of the ghosts is most significant in Scrooge’s redemption? In order to redeem oneself we must first be able to recognise or feel that we have a problem through guilt, remorse or shame. We then need to be able to admit or acknowledge that we have done something wrong and take steps to atone them. But to be redeemed, the most important thing we need do is to actually change. At the start of the novella by Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ there is nothing if not a litany of reasons why protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge has to change. He is horrible to his family, horrible to his employee; he thinks poor people should be in prison and that sick people should just die. Further, Christmas annoys him no end, he loves the fact that no one acknowledges…show more content…
By taking him back through his childhood he is reconnected with his long forgotten memories. Showing scrooge what he used to be, for example his childhood mates, his old school and familiar landmarks of his youth, as the ghost’s purpose is to reclaim him and his past within him. This ghost manages to make Scrooge feel overwhelmed with joy as he points out to everybody he remembers on the streets. Shown through his cold childhood and as a neglected boy, Scrooge is shown the man he has become and the state of poverty throughout. Scrooge cries, and says ‘he wishes he had given something to the boy carolling at his door last night’. He is taken back to where he used to be employed by Feeziwig, where he stands as a role model to scrooge about being a good employer. Scrooge is takes his first steps by this point, Scrooge feels regret about being so hard on his own employee Bob Cratchit ‘Fezziwig's gift of happiness to his friends far outweighs the money he spent on the party, He mentions he would like to say something to his clerk’. The ghost takes Scrooge to his little sister Fan who had a great bond; Scrooge embraces her joy as he had forgotten all about her. Scrooge is also taken to his ex-finance Belle where she breaks off their romance, reproaching him for replacing his love for her with the pursuit of money. Later in life the ghost shows him Belle and her new husband where he suggests scrooge as ‘quite alone in the world’. Where Scrooge begs the ghost to ‘take him back, back to his home’ showing Scrooge is ashamed about his past and very disappointed of what he had done. The tour through his memories forces Scrooge to recall the emotional episodes of his past. This dreamlike series of hallucinatory home movies brings the otherwise hardened
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