A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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Few characters in Christmas literature personify the antithesis of the season like Ebenezer Scrooge. Penned in 1843, Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol" has been told and retold. It has become a fixture of the season. So ingrained in our culture, is this story, that everyone knows the name "Scrooge" and the negative connotation that accompanies it. But what if, instead of just a cranky old miser, Ol ' Ebenezer Scrooge was more of a rather observant social commentator? In order to defend my rather peculiar thesis, let me set forth the particular meaning of Scrooge 's famous catch-phrase as exhibit number one. At the beginning of the tale, the infamous old miser, when told, "Merry Christmas" vehemently replies, "Bah! Humbug!" Now, I am quite sure that even though this phrase has found its way, perhaps permanently, into our cultural vocabulary, many of us are not actually aware of its meaning. The word humbug is "deceptive, false, or insincere behavior." Scrooge 's main problem with Christmas then is the lack of sincerity. This then provides a key insight to Scrooge 's hatred of Christmas. He earnestly believes that the so called, "Christmas Spirit" is just a hoax. It is no more than an attempt to deceive and receive, if you will. Scrooge places his life and faith, therefore, in the fortune that he has amassed because he knows that money has no ulterior motive. Scrooge believes that he is the only one honest enough to admit that good will toward one…
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