A Christmas Carol Essay

1289 Words Mar 6th, 2014 6 Pages
Each ghost marks an important step in Scrooge’s journey towards being a better person. Explain

In Dickens five stave novella each ghost in A Christmas Carol contributes to the final redemption of his journey to becoming a better person. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey, physically, taking him to visit important aspects of his past, present and future and these journeys metaphorically empathy enlightenment that he needs to change into a more humane person. The five staves outline how he grows as a person, and eventually redeems himself.

Although the three main ghost of the novel are large aspects of Scrooges journey, without the initial visit from Marley’s Ghost, Scrooge would not have had the opportunity change for the better.
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The next ghost, the ghost of Christmas present represents Christmas and the importance of Christmas in the community and the spirit of celebrating Christmas with one another. The ghost takes Scrooge to visit various poor families who suffer the most during this time. He is taken to Bob Cratchit’s house where he influences his clerk’s family life on the meager budget because of the little money he is paid. Scrooge is taught here that even though they are very poor they are able to appreciate the holiday and share a meal together, even if it was not enough to feed the large family. Scrooge’s compassion is stirred when he sees Tiny Tim, the human face of poverty. We see Scrooge develop as a better person here as he asks whether Tiny Tim is capable of living a full life. His conscious was phantom when he quickly remembers his callus response when he was asked to be charitable to the poor at Christmas time, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” It is here we see Scrooge’s actually feel disappointed in himself, where he hangs his head and is ‘overcome with penitence and grief.”The ghost then takes him to his nephew’s house, where he was originally invited to for Christmas but rejected the invitation as he did every year again he realized how mean he had been to

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