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Origins[ edit ] Several theories have been put forward as to where Dickens got inspiration for the character. He was buried in Canongate Kirkyardwith a gravestone that is now lost.
The theory is that Dickens noticed the gravestone that described Scroggie as being a "meal man" corn merchant but misread it as "mean man". Kelly writes that Scrooge may have been influenced by Dickens's conflicting feelings for his father, whom he both loved and demonised.
This psychological conflict may be responsible for the two radically different Scrooges in the tale—one a cold, stingy and greedy semi-recluse, the other a benevolent, sociable man. Elwell, Scrooge's views on the poor are a reflection of those of the demographer and political economist Thomas Malthus while the miser's questions "Are there no prisons?
And the Union workhouses?
The treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then? Peter AckroydDickens's biographer, sees similarities between Scrooge and the elder Martin Chuzzlewit character, although the miser is "a more fantastic image" than the Chuzzlewit patriarch; Ackroyd observes that Chuzzlewit's transformation to a charitable figure is a parallel to that of the miser.
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December Learn how and when to remove this template message The story of A Christmas Carol starts on Christmas Eve with Scrooge at his money-lending business. He hates Christmas as a " humbug " and subjects his clerk, Bob Cratchitto gruelling hours and low pay of only 15 shillings on a normal week giving him Christmas Day off with pay, begrudgingly and considering it like being pickpocketed, solely due to social custom.
He shows his cold-heartedness toward others by refusing to make a monetary donation for the good of the poor, claiming that the prisons and workhouses are sufficient, and if not they are better off dead, thereby "decreasing the surplus population. Like Scrooge, Marley had spent his life hoarding his wealth and exploiting the poor, and, as a result, is damned to walk the Earth for eternity bound in the chains of his own greed.
Marley warns Scrooge that he risks meeting the same fate and that as a final chance at redemption he will be visited by three spirits of Christmas: PastPresent and Yet-to-Come. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to see his time as a schoolboy and young man, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
These visions reveal that Scrooge was a lonely child whose unloving father sent him away to a boarding school. His one solace was his beloved sister, Fan, who repeatedly begged their father to allow Scrooge to return home, and he at last relented.
The spirit then takes him to see another Christmas a few years later in which he enjoyed a Christmas party held by his kind-hearted and festive boss, Mr. Then the spirit shows him a Christmas in which Belle leaves him, as she realizes his love for money has replaced his love for her.
Finally, the spirit shows him a Christmas Eve several years later, in which Belle is happily married to another man. Scrooge and Bob Cratchit illustrated by John Leech in Scrooge is then visited by the Ghost of Christmas Presentwho shows him the whole of London celebrating Christmas, including Fred and the impoverished Cratchit family.
Scrooge is both bewildered and touched by the loving and pure-hearted nature of Cratchit's youngest son, Tiny Tim. When Scrooge shows concern for the sickly boy's health, the spirit informs him that the boy will die unless something changes, a revelation that deeply disturbs Scrooge.
The spirit then uses Scrooge's earlier words about "decreasing the surplus population" against him.
The spirit takes him to a spooky graveyard. There, the spirit produces two misshapen, sickly children he names Ignorance and Want. When Scrooge asks if they have anyone to care for them, the spirit throws more of Scrooge's own words back in his face: Just as the previous spirit predicted, Tiny Tim has died; his father could not afford to give him proper care on his small salary and there was no social health care.
The spirit then shows Scrooge scenes related to the death of a "wretched man": His business associates snicker about how it's likely to be a cheap funeral and one associate will go only if lunch is provided; his possessions are stolen and sold by his housekeeperundertakerand laundressand a young couple who owed the man money are relieved he is dead, as they have more time to pay off their debt.
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The spirit then shows Scrooge the man's unkempt tombstone, which bears Scrooge's name. Scrooge weeps over his own grave, begging the spirit for a chance to change his ways, before awakening to find it is Christmas morning. He immediately repents and becomes a model of generosity and kindness: As the final narration states, "Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms.
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Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in and illustrated by John Leech.
A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
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