Symbolism In Jacob Carol

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“Marley was dead, to begin with – there’s no doubt whatever about that... Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”(Stave 1, Pg. 9) A Christmas Carol’s character Jacob Marley plays an important role in the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge’s growth. In the novel, Mr. Marley, when he appears as a spirit to inform Scrooge that the christmas spirits would be visiting him, he appears in chains along with cash boxes, deeds, keys, padlocks, and ledgers. It is said in the book that he chose to wear the chain as well as the other objects voluntarily. However, the reason for Marley’s doing so in his afterlife was never revealed. I believe that the symbolic meaning behind Marley’s locks and chains have to do with his wealth, him being tied to his job, and his greed during his lifetime. I feel that this symbolism also played a large part in Scrooge’s growth throughout the novel because it further drilled the idea into his head that if he doesn’t change his attitude toward life he’d end up chained down just as Marley is. It seems as if he chooses to wear the chain freely, but he is never truly free of his own sin and regret. The chains and objects symbolize his wealth because when he was alive, Marley worked in a counting house. In modern terms a counting house would be like a loan office, but increased interest was charged to loan clients money. He and Scrooge seemed like similar people, and if this was the case, he may have gained wealth in life just as Scrooge did; by working
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