How Is Scrooge Presented In A Christmas Carol Analysis

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How is Scrooge presented in a Christmas Carol - What is he like? Are we sympathetic to him? Does he change? What language features are used to do this?

Ebenezer Scrooge

This essay is looking at the character, Ebenezer Scrooge throughout
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They then leave Mr. Fezziwig and arrive to see Ebenezer's old love Belle becoming a victim of the cold
Scrooge as money becomes his new love, and soon manifests into an obsession. On the arrival of the second ghost, the ghost of Christmas Present,
Dickens bombards the reader with a mass of imagery to do with food and the ghost itself. It portrays a friendly, warm feeling, one that is inviting. However it is apparent that Scrooge is nervous as he protects himself with wiry, humour. He is taken to see how the others celebrate Christmas. There is a noticeable change in Scrooge's attitude when he learns that Bob Cratchit's ill son, Tiny Tim will die. He begs the spirit, ' Oh no, kind Spirit! Say he will be spared'
This does not sound like the cruel, hardhearted man that the story began with. Next, it is his nephew's home where the air is full of laughter, happiness and mockery towards the meanness of Scrooge, but still raises a Christmas toast to him

The last ghost, the ghost of Christmas yet to come then visits.
Scrooge shows he is changing by telling the hooded spirit

' I am prepared to bear you company, and to do it with a
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He then leaves the upper class of the city, and is faced with the poverty stricken areas. Here, Dickens shows how the poor make the rich richer, but stay in poverty themselves. It gives the reader a sense of reality as to how life really was in the time that Charles Dickens lived. Scrooge realises that it is he that has died, and is horrified to witness the ones that have stripped his home of materialistic goods, like vultures, in order to gain money for their own. They show no compassion towards Scrooge, only the emotion of relief is felt from his death. Scrooge tells the spirit

' Let me see some tenderness connected with a death, or that dark chamber which we left just now will be forever present to me' (Stave
4)

Scrooge is hoping that the spirit will show him a place where there is some emotion connected to his death, reassuring him that someone cares. Instead he is shown Bob Cratchits home where they are all mourning for poor tiny Tim. This is the final straw for Scrooge. His future has frightened him enough to want to change. He tells

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