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Literary Analysis of Israel Horovitz´s The Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

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In Israel Horovitz’s stage production of “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley”, the spirit of the characters develops into an adventurous journey. The setting is Christmas Eve and a poor man is working diligently while the owner, Ebenezer Scrooge, refuses to let him have Christmas Day off. Later that night at Scrooge's house, his old, dead, partner in business, Marley, visits him and tells him to change his ways and that three ghosts will come to haunt him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Future. They all show him scenes in which Scrooge realizes his guilt and eventually make Christmas a better time for everyone he originally affected. Scrooge changes from a cold-hearted miser,…show more content…
First, Present takes him to his employee’s house where Scrooge learns how poor and sorrowful his employee, Bob Cratchit, is. Their family is struggling and Tiny Tim, the youngest member of the Cratchit family, is crippled. Unfortunately for Tiny Tim, death may be coming very soon, but he does not care. He is very optimistic and loves everyone by saying, “God bless us everyone,” (704). Next, Present shows Scrooge his nephew’s house and how everyone dislikes him, yet his nephew still toasts to his life. Once he does so his wife seems astonished as she says, “A toast to him?” (709). Soon the Ghost of Christmas Present deliquesces and disappears. Suddenly, the Ghost of Christmas Future appears and tries to teach him not to continue being a miser. Although Future doesn’t say a word, he changes Scrooge the most. The first thing Future shows him is three men talking about a certain man that died. “I thought he’d never die,” (712) stated one of the men. Next, Future shows Scrooge a group of poor thieves trading some of the valuable items they stole. Apparently, one of the thieves stole clothes right off of a dead man’s body. “They’d have wasted it, if it hadn’t been for me,” (715) said the thief. Then, Future took Scrooge to the Cratchit’s house where they learned Tiny Tim had died as well as some man everyone was talking about. Scrooge didn’t know who the dead man was. He’d simply assumed it was Marley; however, it turned out to be him. Future pointed right
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