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Scrooge's Character in A Christmas Carol Essay


In the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge starts off as a miserable old man who nobody likes and ends as a kind, caring old man that everyone likes after an adventure with three spirits into his Christmas past, present, and future. After realizing how cold he is, he immediately changed into a happy, loving, and caring old man. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge changes from being selfish in Stave 1 to being caring and generous in Stave 5.

In Stave 1, Mr. Scrooge is extremely selfish and self-centered. He is selfish because the narrator said Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnized it wish an undoubted bargain. (Dickens 9) When his very own bestfriend and co-worker Jacob Marley died, Mr. Scrooge couldve at least attended the funeral instead of going straight to work. Hes also very self-centered because he argued And yet, you think me ill used, when I pay a days wages for no work. (Dickens 12) He said this when his employee Bob Cratchit asked for Christmas day off. Due to Mr, Scrooges self-centered ways, he almost didnt let Mr. Cratchit have the day off. All he cares about is him and his money. After being visited by three spirits, Mr. Scrooge realized something very important.

Following the reality check in the previous staves, Mr. Scrooge changes into a very caring and generous person. He feels horrible for everything hes ever done to hurt anyone or anything so he started doing good deeds throughout the day.

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