Charles Dickens ' A Christmas Carol

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It can be easily depicted that Christmas is a time of the year to share joyfulness. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is a character that is effortlessly described as a hardheaded cold man. It is simple to judge the character of Scrooge in this manner, but it is important to recognize the change in his personality throughout the story. Scrooge’s transformation happens very quickly, but he becomes generous and caring only when he is forced to see himself through a stranger’s eyes. By the visitations of three spirits, Scrooge realizes the harsh and ungenerous man that he is. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge the pitiable child he was, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, shows Scrooge as a neglected corpse. These two images have a significant impact on Scrooge and his development as a character as he reacts to these in a regretful manner.
As the story begins, Scrooge is a grumpy old man who wants nothing to do with the people around him as he sends off a caroler one night and pays no attention to homeless children. When being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge is taken back to many different events in time, but one in particular has a greater effect on him. Scrooge is taken to the neighborhood where he was raised, and comes across the boarding school he attended. He sees the schoolboys running merrily out of the school to leave for Christmas break, but realizes that the school is not yet deserted, but a young boy remains reading…
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