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I need help writing a character sketch of Ebenezer Scrooge, from A Christmas Carol.

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Posted June 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM via web

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I need help writing a character sketch of Ebenezer Scrooge, from A Christmas Carol.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM (Answer #1)

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A character sketch is a brief description, providing information that helps a reader to develop an understanding of the individual. It may include physical characteristics, personality characteristics, reasons for actions the character takes, and more.

A sketch about Scrooge could provide information about his appearance. Early in the story, a description of his looks would need to emphasize the way in which Scrooge distanced himself from others even with the way he looked.

The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

An important part of Scrooge's character is the way he relates to other people, particularly since it changes completely through the course of the story. The sketch should explain that, at the beginning of the novel, Scrooge went through life "warning all human sympathy to keep its distance." This attitude could then be contrasted with Scrooge's attitude and actions at the end of the story, after he has changed into "as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew"

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