What are some of Scrooge's traits that should be mentioned in a character analysis?

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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of course, Scrooge undergoes a complete transformation over the course of the story, but at its beginning, his most notable character trait is his miserliness. He refuses to give Christmas gifts, will not donate to charity, and even is reluctant to allow his employees to take Christmas Day off. He is a stingy, penny-pinching, greedy man, and the Christmas spirit is anathema to everything about him. In describing Scrooge's character traits, perhaps it is best to quote from the story, where he is introduced as

...a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!

Indeed, Scrooge is generally a miserable man, one who seems incapable of feeling or authentic emotion. The narrator tells us that even the dogs used by blind men to navigate the city avoid Scrooge. He mocks his nephew not only for celebrating Christmas, but also for marrying for love. It seems, really, that Scrooge, being chronically unhappy himself, is determined to make sure that nobody around him is happy either. After the visits of the ghosts, of course, Scrooge is completely transformed, and all the character traits that he exhibited at the beginning of the story are no longer in evidence.

 

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From the beginning, Scrooge is a stingy old man.  It's never stated directly why he is as miserly with his money as he is, but it is somewhat explained in his trip to Christmas Past.  He is the son of a strict man who had about as much heart as Scrooge.  He was raised in that way, so he is just treating others as he has been treated growing up.  As he goes through the past, present, and future trips with the ghosts, he sees himself in a different light.  He didn't realize how harsh he had been, and he desperately wants to change.  He is given this chance, and with that chance, he completely changes his character.  Honestly, most would believe this part to be a fairy tale ending, but with the Christmas spirit involved, it's hopeful for the readers.  Perhaps mankind can change from such stinginess to such selflessness.  Scrooge then becomes quite close with Tiny Tim and is very giving.  I guess it does have a "happily ever after" ending.