How do Scrooge and his nephew portray opposite opinions?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Another example of Scrooge and Fred portraying opposite opinions and attitudes is when his nephew Fred invites Scrooge to his annual Christmas party that will be filled with holiday cheer. Scrooge is very rude and of course refuses the invitation but Fred replies with a cheerful "Merry Christmas!" anyway. Scrooge replies with his grumpy "Bah! Humbug!"

This goes to show us that Scrooge has a very bitter attitude, especially around this time of year. Regardless of Scrooge's attitude, Fred remains in cheerful spirits and goes about celebrating Christmas as usual.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In A Christmas Carol Ebeneezer Scrooge and his nephew, Fred, certainly have different opinions and points of view.  This can be seen as early as the first "stave" of the book.

In that part of the book, Fred comes into Scrooge's business and greets him very happily.  The line is

A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!' cried a cheerful voice.

Fred says this even though he surely knows that Scrooge will not be happy to see him.

In return, Scrooge is grumpy, of course.  He and his nephew argue a little.  Scrooge says that Fred has no reason to be so happy.  Fred says Scrooge has no reason to be so glum.

In this way, they show very different attitudes towards life.

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