How does Charles Dickens show the transformation of Scrooge's character where Scrooge comes to realize that the poor are really his fellow travelers to the grave.I'm unsure how to structure this...

How does Charles Dickens show the transformation of Scrooge's character where Scrooge comes to realize that the poor are really his fellow travelers to the grave.

I'm unsure how to structure this essay and what are the key arguments i need to include.

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Charles Dickens shows Scrooge's transformation towards the end of Stave IV and especially in Stave V. When Scrooge is presented with his own death, his debtors are relieved, the people uncaring, and the only family to mourn is the Cratchit family.  In the beginning of Stave V, Scrooge awakens with joy, gives money for the poor,  buys the turkey for the Cratchits and in general does many things the unchanged Scrooge would never have done.  These all show his transformation.  When you structure this into an essay, depending on the length, you need a thesis statement about how Scrooge's behavior changes and his realization of truth.  You need three effective points which prove your thesis, one for each body paragraph(s).  Perhaps one could be when he is shown his own dead body and how that affects him while another could be his changed behavior with the public in giving money for the poor on Christmas morning.  Other ideas could be his changed behavior with the Cratchit family while another might be his re-connection with his own relatives.  A conclusion is necessary but should be easy to match up with your thesis ideas.

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