What kind of people are the Fezziwigs?

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drgingerbear | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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The Fezziwigs are lovers of life. The Fezziwigs are known for their kindness, generosity, and affection for employees and friends. Mr. Fezziwig is visited by Scrooge with the Ghost of Christmas past during a Christmas party. Scrooge observed the Christmas party and the Fezziwigs were heartily celebrating the season with employees and friends. At this point, Scrooge is forced to reflect on his choices and he realizes that his actions are very different from the actions of Mr. Fezziwig, whom he admires. At the end of the story, Mr. Fezziwig is one of the few people Scrooge admits to being thankful for having in his life.

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The Fezziwigs, who include the young Scrooge's employer, his wife and their two daughters, are shown as the best kind of people: kind, outgoing, community-oriented, social, generous. They freely share their warmth, their joviality, their food and their home. They all exhibit a jolly Christmas spirit. They like and want to help people. They represent the polar opposite of what Scrooge has become: a selfish, twisted, money-grubbing, people-hating miser.

The Fezziwigs' generosity is expansive: we learn that the milkman, the housemaid, the cook, the baker, all the employees and even the apprentice boy suspected of not getting fed enough are invited to their Christmas party. Their party is filled with dancing, games and merriment, along with Cold Beef and Cold Boiled, mince pies, and beers. Mr. Fezziwig "laughed all over himself" in anticipation of Christmas and Mrs. Fezziwig was "one vast substantial smile," while the daughters were "beaming and lovable." 

Dickens believed that if enough people with money and power behaved with the kindness and generosity of the Fezziwigs, the world could be transformed. Dickens shows how just a glimpse of them and the memories the glimpse elicit start to soften Scrooge's hard heart. 

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