In A Christmas Carol, which ghost motivated Scrooge to change the most?

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The answer to this question is not definitive because it is a matter of opinion. This is because Dickens does not state which spirit had the most impact on Scrooge.  Each Spirit changes Scrooge's heart, even if it is just a little.  The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge the mistakes he made in the past.  The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge how his decisions have effected his current life.  Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge what will happen if he does not change.  It can be argued that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come motivates Scrooge to change the most significantly.  This Spirit shows Scrooge that he will die alone, with no one to care but those in debt to him or those who want to divide up his possessions.  He sees that Tiny Tim will die without his intervention.  Scrooge finally realizes that he needs to alter the direction of his life.

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