Timeless Themes In Ebenezer Scrooge's A Christmas Carol

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Trends, ideas, and perspectives come and go, but timeless themes are evident throughout time, forever youthful, yet old at the same time. Timeless themes are eternally relevant concepts in classic and contemporary literature that can be connected by everyone, regardless of their age, their lifestyle, or their time period. The theme on the importance of others occurs repeatedly over time in thousands of different kinds of literature. Especially now with the our world brimming with superficial ideals such as money and appearance, it is often easy to forget the essential support and comfort of family and friends that encourages us to better ourselves and the world around us. This persistent theme is presented in the play A Christmas Carol, the …show more content…
The family is shown smiling and having fun, enjoying the meager possessions. Because of these events, Ebenezer Scrooge realizes the need to change by discovering the wonderful heart-filling contentment that comes from home, which cannot be satisfied simply with money nor possessions. As a result, Scrooge awards Bob Cratchit a raise, and grants him Christmas day off allowing him to spend one more Christmas with his son. This theme was relevant in this time frame because during the Victorian Era, farmers frequently relocated to the city in hopes of accumulating wealth. However, most were unsuccessful, leading to poverty, overpopulation, and significant status differences between employer and employee in the city, much like the Cratchit family’s case. In another case, Scrooge is taught the importance of keeping others close when shown his spirited youthful years through the spirit of Christmas past. When first introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, he is a callous, selfish miser, whose heart has been corrupted with money. Just as when his lifetime partner and best friend, Marley died, the only thing he was concerned about was how much wealth Marley left for him. However, as the spirit Christmas past digs up a past …show more content…
In the film, we join Jason Stevens in his metamorphosis from a conceited, self-entitled elite to a generous and affectionate altruist. For instance, this is shown through Jason’s discovery of family love through the bold and virtuous Emily, turning him into a loving father figure. In the beginning, when Jason is given the task to bring a true friend to Mr. Hamilton in order to receive a reward he bribes Emily, stranger from the park, with a promise of a trip to disneyland. Emily however, refuses, calling him “pathetic.” After a series of events Emily agrees, but after having done the deed, Jason leaves her in the dust with only a look back and a shrug. After Jason received his reward, he stumbles upon Emily’s hospital room, shaken, he leaves without saying anything but stumbled into Alexia, Emily’s single mother. They have a heartfelt chat about Emily and later on, Jason goes back to find Emily sitting alone in a church. Emily begins to cry while talking about her inevitable death and Jason moves closer comfort her with an embrace saying “I don’t know much about God..or Jesus...but I can promise you those arms are meant for you.” This scene shows a new side of Jason Stevens that is attentive and compassionate. Looking further, as Jason grows a closer bond with Emily, he undertakes in thoughtful gifts and acts for her such as fulfilling her dream, to

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