Purely Mercenary: A Study of Capital in It’s a Wonderful Life

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Although they are staged in two different continents and published nearly one hundred years apart, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and It’s a Wonderful Life are remarkably similar works in plot and purpose. In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on Christmas Eve. These spirits ultimately help Scrooge transform himself from a stingy, unwelcoming person into a more charitable and pleasant man. Ultimately, Scrooge’s transformation implores its reader to empathize with the poor working class of Victorian society. Similarly to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, George Bailey is visited by Clarence Angel Second Class on Christmas Eve in It’s a Wonderful Life. Clarence helps George see what Bedford Falls would look like if he was never born, which prompts George’s shift from a depressive to once again optimistic state. Just as Dickens depicts Victorian society in A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life aptly conveys the difficult relationship between the average American and the growing corporate presence in the mid-1990s. The experiences and struggles George endures throughout his life are representative of the concurrent American endeavors. The film begins in 1919, showing a young twelve year old George, his brother Harry, and their friends laughing and sledding nearby a frozen pond. As Harry rolls along on his sled, the ice atop the pond caves in and Harry starts to drown. Heroically, George dives

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