Christmas Spirit In A Christmas Carol

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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas” (Calvin Coolidge). To some people, Christmas Spirit means to be jolly, giving, and praising, but to the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Christmas Spirit is split into three forms: Past, Present, and Future. These spirits come to show Scrooge what his life was like, is like, and will be like without Christmas Spirit. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come plays the main part in transforming Scrooge into a joyful, spirited man by convincing him to live a better life, fulfilling the lessons taught by the other Spirits, and inspiring him to have more …show more content…
Each ghost that makes an appearance in Scrooge’s life tries to show him how he is a grumpy and rude man. It is clear that the Spirit of the Future finally makes the most impact on him when Dickens states, “The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery” (Dickens 50). Scrooge is very welcoming of this Ghost as it comes directly after the Ghost of Christmas Present. He is very anxious to see what the spirit will show him. By being the last one to come to Scrooge, the Spirit is seen as leaving the biggest impression on him. Additionally, the author states, “‘Good Spirit,’ he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it. ‘Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!’” (Dickens 62). At this point, Scrooge understands why nobody likes him nor wants to talk with him. He realizes that if he wants to revise this image everybody has of him, he is going to have to change his behaviors. Scrooge acknowledges that this Spirit is the one who inspires him to take control of his life. The Spirit of the Future is fully able to transition Scrooge into a better man along with sparking Christmas Spirit within …show more content…
Scrooge says, “‘Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be, only?’” (Dickens 62). Scrooge wonders anxiously if he will be able to change. The Spirit makes him scared that he will never be able to share in Christmas Spirit if he is not capable of becoming a better man. However, he soon realizes that it comes from the heart, so anybody who wants to have Christmas Spirit can. This realization is proven when Scrooge states, “‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. On tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!’” (Dickens 62). Finally, Scrooge feels the Christmas Spirit again after each of the Phantoms have come and changed him little by little. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has inspired him to have more Christmas Spirit and to express it through his words and

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