A Christmas Carol Essay
A Christmas Carol is a novel written by Charles Dickens about the life of a cynical man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas through the teachings of three ghosts, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge once was a money-grubbing man who could care less about Christmas. His attitude changes once he learns his fate is destined to be doomed, unless he is willing to change. Andy Warhol said, ???They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself???. Scrooge??™s sudden change in life changes his fatal fate and he has another chance at living his life to the fullest in happiness and kindness. Dickens said on December 1843,???I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book to rise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their hose pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.??? Dickens wants society to learn the lesson Scrooge was forced to learn. By learning this lesson, people can grasp the fact that going through life as a ???scrooge??? will get them nowhere in life.
Ebenezer Scrooge was once a selfish, uncaring old man whose only concern was the possession of money. He carried his own ???low temperature??? year-round that could never be thawed, and did not drop a degree during Christmas. He had no sympathy for his fellow man and for a long time he lived alone with no one to love, because his only love became money. Scrooge despised everything about Christmas because he could never truly understand how people could be merry despite their destitute circumstances. His ???bah-humbug??? attitude toward Christmas resulted in the visit of the Ghost of Jacob Marley (Scrooge??™s former business partner). Marley??™s Ghost arranged Scrooge to be visited by three spirits, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in an attempt to show Scrooge the errors of his foul nature. The spirits showed Scrooge the memories of his old life, as well as the joy and friendship he rejected. They also showed him the failings of his life, the desperation of Bob Cratchit??™s life, and the fatal future held in store for him.
Scared unbelievably, Scrooge desperately begs The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for another chance, something all three of the ghosts were willing to give Scrooge if he was willing to listen. Immediately following his pleas, Scrooge finds himself tucked safely in bed and he becomes extremely overjoyed. Scrooge redeems himself fully, sharing his hearty, newfound Christmas spirit with everyone he sees. Scrooge sends the biggest prize turkey to Bob Cratchit??™s home and summons up enough courage to go to his nephew??™s house party, where he surprises everyone with his new behavior. As time passes by, Scrooge stays true to his jovial ways and keeps his word of taking care of Bob Cratchit and his family. Scrooge becomes a second father to Tiny Tim as if he were his own. Scrooge becomes a good friend, a good master, and a good man, and even though many laughed at the alteration of his ways, Scrooge continues to keep Christmas well and live by the Total Abstinence Principle.
Anyone who reads A Christmas Carol should have an emotional, heart-rending reaction to the message being said in this novel. Dickens joins an account of unselfish, grateful poverty with Christmas, along with a selfish, greedy man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge, which draws in the reader because of the capability a ???scrooge??? can have of becoming good. Dickens also brings a level of emotional sense to the reader. This sentiment is what made the publication of A Christmas Carol so famous, and what changed the decline of a spiritless Christmas. Dickens wants the reader to see that being a ???scrooge??? is not the way one should live their life, especially during Christmas.
In A Christmas Carol, Dickens uses the character Ebenezer Scrooge to represent the sudden descent of Christmas spirit and celebration during Dickens??™s time. Scrooge is the epitome of this joyless demeanor of those around Dickens who refuse to participate in such blissful Christmas times. By showing the reader the sudden metamorphosis of Scrooge??™s personality, the reader is drawn to Scrooge??™s good nature. They will want to follow in the footsteps of the newly changed Ebenezer Scrooge. This novel is about giving second chances, something all three ghosts give Scrooge. Dickens lets readers know that they all have a second chance to drop their joyless ways and become enlightened just as Scrooge was. ???Men??™s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if preserved in, they must lead,??? said Scrooge. ???But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!???(102).