In A Christmas Carol, Dickens shows two perspectives on positivity and happiness.
There is, initially, Scrooge's perspective as he interacts with much more positive characters throughout the text. To his nephew, Fred, and his fiancee, he expresses disdain for their love and affection in spite of their poverty, because, as he claims, money is the only thing of importance and love will not sustain them. To Tiny Tim and Cratchit, he expresses that their happiness is misguided in light of their fortunes. Scrooge's overall demeanor and attitude belies his thoughts of happiness as unnecessary and unimportant, something of a frivolity.
At the end of the novel, Scrooge's attitude comes in line with the author's, and with reality—that happiness is the light which brings us through hard times, and which strengthens us in spite of our maladies and misfortunes. The story expresses that, while happiness does nothing in and of itself to aid us in our situations, it empowers us to bear through those...
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