Essay on Themes from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Themes from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

In the timeless tale, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens focuses upon the extreme transformation of a character named Ebenezer Scrooge. The fact that several moralistic themes can be applied throughout the novel confirms why it is a classic. The first significant alteration of Scrooge’s character occurred when he was a young man, as he became increasingly involved in the occupation of business, where wealth and assets are subjects of great examination and often possessiveness. Described and portrayed as an avaricious, bitter, and solitary man, Scrooge is introduced as critically immoral, occupied constantly by business. Christmas, as the faithful celebrate it, is referred to by
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The first occasion on which the reader witnesses the hallucinations of Scrooge, is when he sees the ghostly face of the seven-year-deceased Jacob Marley, in the knocker of the door to his home. The image compelled Scrooge to inspect the rooms of his house, and to lock his door uncustomarily. But that did not stop Marley’s ghost from making a noisy entrance. The phantom wore a chain of cash boxes, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel, for he was Scrooge’s unappreciated business partner of many years; Scrooge conducted his business even on the day of Marley’s funeral. Hearing the haunting, disoriented sounds of sorrow and regret, Scrooge was impelled by the ghost of Marley to witness a serious of phantoms who also wore chains, for they were victims of Scrooge’s selfishness. Scrooge is not only haunted by specters, but also by the dialogue spoken from others who have experienced the reality of the dreadful aspects of his character, and by the abrasive words of the spirits. In the Present, Scrooge listens as Mrs. Cratchit abruptly denounces him after her husband denominated him Founder of the Feast. She indicates that Scrooge is, “an odius, stingy, hard, unfeeling man” (53). Later in the Present, the spirit warns Scrooge to beware of Ignorance and Want, vices symbolized by a boy and girl, whose appearances were wretched and extremely depressing. When Scrooge eagerly alluded the poor children

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