Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Essay example

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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’, is more than just a mere story instead it tries to expose the negative side of Victorian society and the reason behind this horror, the greed of the wealthy, through the development of the character Scrooge. All this while attempting to prompt readers with Scrooge’s similar wealth to make a change. As mentioned earlier, the development of Scrooge’s character is vital to this and I will explain how his character develops as the story proceeds and how it is used to accomplish the aim as mentioned above.

In the first stave, Dickens tries to point out that Scrooge is a character that society considers negative. In the introduction,
Dickens points
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This haste to put down Scrooge’s character was carried out by Dickens to set an impression of Scrooge as an overall negative character which is supposed to reflect, in exaggeration, the negative characteristics of the wealthy businessmen in Victorian society. The first stave also tries to pass Scrooge off as an isolated character, it does this through the use of repetition as the emphasis of Marley’s death is repeated several times in the first stave that even dickens admits this with the quote ‘permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail’ which basically means that Dickens is admitting that he has repeated that
Marley is dead, this proves that repletion is used to allow the reader to gain the impression that Scrooge is an isolated character which.
This isolation is further emphasized when Scrooge described love and
Christmas, both very social occasions, in one statement as ‘the only thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry Christmas’, this proves Scrooge’s isolation and his anti-social characteristic. Scrooge is also comes off the first stave as an anti-social and cold character, this is proven because Scrooge repeatly dismisses his nephew who is trying to make friends with him with the quote ‘Good afternoon’ which proves Scrooge’s anti-social and cold character. Not only is Scrooge’s
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