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Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM via web

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How is Scrooge a changed man from the way he was at the beginning of the novel A Christmas Carol?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Scrooge learns his lessons from the three spirits who visit him during the night. He recognizes that he may suffer the same fate as his former partner, Marley, so he decides to change his strict business ways. His days of being the most miserly man in London are over, and he demonstrates this by buying the giant prize turkey and anonymously sending it to the Cratchits, handsomely rewarding the young boy who fetches it for him. After having turned down the men who requested a charitable donation on Christmas Eve, he locates them on Christmas morning and promises them a huge sum of money. Having ridiculed and insulted his nephew a day earlier, Scrooge decides to pay him a visit on Christmas and make amends for his lifetime of hard-hearted disinterest. Instead of growling "Bah, humbug" to people on the street, he greets them with a "delighted smile" and a "Merry Christmas to you." As for Bob Cratchit, Scrooge sees how badly he has mistreated his loyal worker, and promises Bob a huge raise--and a financial hand in seeking adequate medical treatment for Tiny Tim.

     Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew...
     ... and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.


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