A Christmas Carol 5 Essay

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`How does Scrooge transform through his meeting with the ghosts in a Christmas carol’?
Britain in Victorian times was a very difficult time for many of the people living in 1837 to 1901. It was a time when the Industrial Revolution had arrived. This meant that the idea of mass production was in place and many factories were built. This attracted many people who were looking for jobs who lived in the countryside. Living conditions were cramped and unhygienic this was caused by the amounts of people that would live in just two rooms whole families would have to share two rooms to eat drink sleep etc. a Christmas Carol was written by Charles John Huffman Dickens. John Dickens, Charles’ dad ...view middle of the document...

Scrooge shows he’s a uncharitable man and tight fisted when he sais “what s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money, a time finding yourself a year older , and not a hour richer” he is complaining that it costs him money but he doesn’t gain anything from it.
Before the first ghost scrooge settles down into bed not knowing anything about the ghosts and starts to see and hear things but he tries to tell himself that they are not real and is quite stubborn about the fact of believing it. We know this when he sais “its humbug still, I won’t believe it” but then his color fell from his face and he hears the sound of the dragging chains getting louder and louder and Marleys ghost appears and simply warns scrooge that if he does not change then he will be bound with heavier chains that Marley himself. Marley said “you will be haunted by three spirits” Marley is trying to save his friend scrooge from death and even though scrooge refuses Marley sends the 3 spirits to visit him one by one.
Before the first ghost arrives scrooge is very confused when he wakes up because he went to be at two in the morning and was then awoken at twelve at midnight and it was still pitch black outside. The first spirit arrived on time at one in the morning. He is described as “a strange figure” of which “he looked like a child: yet not so like a child like an old man, its hair which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age, and yet its face had not a wrinkle on it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin”.
Scrooge doesn’t seem to be scared and the ghost of Christmas past takes scrooge back to when he was a child. Scrooge was seen to get quite excited when he went back to where he was a child and where he grew up and a bit emotional “your lip is trembling, and what is that upon your cheek” which shows us that scrooge was crying about his old memories. We learn soon after that scrooge didn’t have the easiest childhood “the school is not quite deserted” said the ghost “a solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still.” Scrooge said he knew it and he sobbed looking back on how he was when he was a child at school. This also shows us that he was neglected as a child and that had affected his enjoyment of Christmas as he grew older. Scrooge is then taken to when he was a young man and he then worked for Fezziwig. Dickens writes about a big Christmas party which shows that back then scrooge was a happy man as he then was socializing and having fun which is nothing like he is in the present.
When the ghost of Christmas present arrives scrooge Sais “tonight, if you ought to teach me, let me profit by it” this indicates that scrooge wants to change for the better. Scrooge is taken to the Cratchet family home for...

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