How does Scrooge change?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Ebenezer Scrooge begins A Christmas Carol as a cold and unfeeling man.  He shuts others out of his life and appears to have no compassion or pity for others.  We see this immediately in his treatment of his assistant, Bob Cratchit, and his dismissal of the men who come to ask for charitable donations.  As the story progresses, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts.  Each ghost shows him a different aspect of his life and a different area where he has gone wrong.  Scrooge is able to see beyond himself and to experience the pain he has caused others.  Scrooge is also able to see the true consequences of his actions (or in-actions).  When he wakes on Christmas morning, Scrooge is a changed man.  We have seen him change bit by bit as each ghost reveals something new.  Scrooge's attitude and generous actions on Christmas day contrast sharply to his previous behavior.  We are led to believe that Scrooge will become a very different person from the cold, money-loving man we first met.


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