How are Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit similar?

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davmor1973 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To a certain extent, Bob Cratchit resembles Scrooge when he was a younger man. Once upon a time, young Ebenezer really used to enjoy Christmas. He'd celebrate the season of good will at the home of Mr. Fezziwig, his kindly employer; he'd indulge in dancing, playing games, and all manner of festive merriment. Of course, Scrooge was incredibly lucky to have such a good, kind-hearted man for a boss; the same can't be said of poor old Bob Cratchit. (At least not initially.)

But the main similarity between the two men is that they're both victims of a cruel economic system that puts the single-minded pursuit of profit before everything else. Cratchit's poverty and lack of opportunity would be an obvious illustration of this. Yet Scrooge is also a victim of a rapacious and unfettered Victorian capitalism. Although Scrooge has made himself enormously rich, his soul has been utterly corrupted to such an extent that he's in real danger of losing it altogether like his former business partner, Jacob Marley.

fezziwig eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To say that Scrooge is in anyway similar to Cratchit, would be the same as saying that evil is the same as good, or that hate is the same as love. But if one looks closely at the aforementioned opposites, one can ironically find similarities.

First, both Scrooge and Cratchit work at the same place, which is Scrooge's business of loans and real estate.

Second, they both are men who live in the Victorian era.

Third, they both have a love for Tiny Tim. And as the narrator tells us at the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge becomes a second father to Tiny Tim.

Lastly, Cratchit knows how to celebrate Christmas, which Scrooge once did in his younger days, but learns once again to celebrate Christmas by the end of the novella.