In the Robert Zemeckis film A Christmas Carol what are some film techniques used to shape our understanding of Scrooge's identity?
In the film, we learn a lot about Scrooge's search for identity through his experiences with the ghosts of Christmas. But what are some film techniques that shape our understanding of Scrooges search for identity?
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There are a couple of film techniques this film uses that are particularly effective in making the viewer a part of Scrooge's search for identity.
The first one takes place in the Ghost of Christmas Present, during the scene with Ignorance and Want. In this scene, the film takes advantage of its medium and shows the children transforming into a criminal and a prostitute. This is a powerful scene that clearly conveys Dickens’s message in a way viewers are sure not to forget. Dickens would have been impressed with the vision in this scene, as it is a unique way to demonstrate one of Dickens’s most important points: if we do not take care of our children, they will turn into societal outcasts. Scrooge realizes that these are his children.
Another example of how the film is used effectively, including the unique 3D component, is when Scrooge is turned miniature. In the novella, the ghost chides Scrooge not about the insect on the leaf condemning his hungry brethren in the dust. In this scene, Scrooge is effectively turned into a small insect or mouse, and sees how insignificant he is. Once again, Dickens’s most powerful metaphor is turned into a literal interperpretation having great effect on the viewer. Scrooge realizes that he is not important; it is only through acts of goodwill that he becomes important.