Within the story "A Chrismas Carol", how does Scrooge change?

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In the story A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is a dynamic character who changes greatly in the story.  In the beginning, he is a man who is cruel to his employee, begrudging him any time off for Christmas, who refuses to give any money to charity to help children, and who refuses to be part of the family he has left.  Through his partner Jacob Marley's visit and Marley's warning to him about his future, Scrooge listens in fear to the visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and the Future yet to come.  He remembers that he was once in love, that his boss was kind to him, that he once loved people more than money.  He sees through the ghosts that if he continues on his present path, he will be left alone and will die with no one noticing or caring about his death.  He begins the changes immediately upon awaking the next morning.  Scrooge donates money to charity, buys the largest goose and takes it to Bob Crachit's house, offers to help Tiny Tim, and rejoins the only family he has left.  This story, by Charles Dickens, is the epitome of a dynamic character who changes for the better.


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