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Why is it significant that Scrooge asks if Tiny Tim will live?stave 3 pages 68 to 69

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Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM via web

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Why is it significant that Scrooge asks if Tiny Tim will live?

stave 3 pages 68 to 69

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fezziwig | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 8, 2012 at 12:35 AM (Answer #1)

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If you have been following along with the plot and character development of Scrooge, you have noticed that at the beginning of story Scrooge is described as

" a squeezing wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his check, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him. . ."

This beautifully written passage creates an image of a man who cares about nothing but money; Scrooge is a man who is void of all human compassion and warmth, and therefore, when he inquires about Tiny Tim's well-being, he reveals that he has changed, that the spirits have redeemed him from the clutches of Hell, and Scrooge's frozen heart has thawed, and he feels human compassion once again, and therefore, the reader feels a sense of relief in Scrooge's transformation.

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