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by Charles Dickens

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What Does Scrooge Learn From The Ghost Of Christmas Past

What lesson did Scrooge learn from each spirit in A Christmas Carol?

In A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, he learns that he was not responsible for his poor treatment as a child, but that he is responsible for his mistakes as an adult. The Ghost of Christmas Present teaches him that family is the most important thing and that humankind is the business that he should be concerned about. The Ghost of Christmas Future teaches him that he must change immediately.

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From his travels with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge sees his progression from an innocent, neglected child to a responsible, choice-making adult.  He was not at fault for the treatment he received when he was young, but, as he aged, he started making bad decisions of his own accord.  He realizes that it is his own fault that he lost Belle, because he valued money over her love.  He also realizes that he is not a very good boss when faced with his memories of Fezziwig's generosity.

From his travels with the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge learns that little is more important than family; his clerk, Bob Cratchit, is poor, but he is happier than Scrooge because he has his family's love.  He also sees his own nephew participating in a game that teases Scrooge, but Scrooge himself is warmed by the fact that he is remembered at all and wishes he could stay there.  He also sees various people, in difficult situations all over the world, celebrating the...

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Mr Scrooge was living a life of misery without even being aware just how awful he really was in "A Christmas Carol." Inorder to help Mr. Scrooge to betetr understand his need to change he is visited by three spirits.

The first spirit takes him on a journey into his past. He sees himself as a child and he is happy. He remembers what it was like to have been a joyous young man with hopes and dreams. He learns what is missing in his life.

The second spirit is Christmas present. He takes Scrooge to see how other people act and speak of him. He shows Scrooge the love that the Cratchets have for one another despite having no money. He also sees their need for help for their son, Tiny Tim. Scrooge learns to see the balance between money and family.

The third ghost shows Scrooge all the non-blessings his choices have allotted him upon his death. He is not missed nor mourned by others. Instead, they express relief and joy at his death. He died alone and miserable. In contrast is Tiny Tim's death. The boy is missed and longed for by his family. Scrooge learns that if he does not change he will be the miserable man in the casket who no one loves or cares about.

Overall the three spirits teach Scrooge to be a better man.