"He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew." In light of this statement, discuss Scrooge's transformation in A Christmas Carol.

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At the beginning of Dickens's classic story, Scrooge is portrayed as a callous, insensitive man who is primarily concerned with acquiring wealth and protecting his money. Dickens describes Scrooge as a tight-fisted, "covetous old sinner" who completely lacks generosity and lives a solitary life. Scrooge also treats his employee Bob Cratchit and his nephew Fred with contempt and scorn. He refuses to donate money to the poor, criticizes the joyful holiday of Christmas, and goes out of his way to intimidate and offend his neighbors. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who informs him that he will be visited by three ghosts who will influence Scrooge to alter his destructive, selfish lifestyle.

Scrooge's experiences with the three spirits have a profound influence on his personality and outlook on life. Scrooge gains additional insight into his past, is moved to tears when he witnesses the interactions between the members of the...

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