Charles Dickens shows Scrooge's transformation towards the end of Stave IV and especially in Stave V. When Scrooge is presented with his own death, his debtors are relieved, the people uncaring, and the only family to mourn is the Cratchit family. In the beginning of Stave V, Scrooge awakens with joy, gives money for the poor, buys the turkey for the Cratchits and in general does many things the unchanged Scrooge would never have done....
Charles Dickens shows Scrooge's transformation towards the end of Stave IV and especially in Stave V. When Scrooge is presented with his own death, his debtors are relieved, the people uncaring, and the only family to mourn is the Cratchit family. In the beginning of Stave V, Scrooge awakens with joy, gives money for the poor, buys the turkey for the Cratchits and in general does many things the unchanged Scrooge would never have done. These all show his transformation. When you structure this into an essay, depending on the length, you need a thesis statement about how Scrooge's behavior changes and his realization of truth. You need three effective points which prove your thesis, one for each body paragraph(s). Perhaps one could be when he is shown his own dead body and how that affects him while another could be his changed behavior with the public in giving money for the poor on Christmas morning. Other ideas could be his changed behavior with the Cratchit family while another might be his re-connection with his own relatives. A conclusion is necessary but should be easy to match up with your thesis ideas.
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“He became as good a friend, as good a master, as good a man as the good old city knew…” Discuss Scrooge’s transformation in A Christmas Carol. In Charles Dickens’ novella ‘A Christmas Carol’, Ebenezer Scrooge’s transforms himself from an undesirable, self-centred old man to a gentleman with characterisations to exemplify that the most valuable things in life are those which are not tangible; family, friends, love and happiness.
The protagonist had the ability to help the unfortunate and deprived Cratchit’s; he also had the obligation to help society, consequently altering into a generous, giving man. Scrooge’s decision to change was also purely selfish, due to the thought of losing his wealth. Dickens creates transformation in his characters to highlight the importance of kindness and its effects. We meet Scrooge in stave one, a man who is as “solitary as an oyster” and so cold “a chill does not affect him”, this leads readers to feel pessimistic and negatively towards Scrooge.
His ill treatment of Bob Cratchit and his cold, dark nature is then contrasted to that of the warm “lively” Fezziwig, Scrooge’s old employer. Fezziwig with his “Christmas party” and the generosity toward Scrooge and his other apprentice presents readers with the happiness and contentment brought about by being generous and giving. The contrast of employee treatment allows Scrooge to see his twisted ways and allows readers to view how their generosity could lead to the happiness of others and a fulfillment of duty as an employer.
The greatest and most obvious character transformation is between the initial Scrooge and the final Scrooge. “Wheezing… ” and almost machine-like Ebenezer Scrooge is despised and on the outskirts of society, even the blind are seen as lucky for not having to “set eyes on evil himself”. However, Scrooge’s change and journey allows him to recognize his duty to others and how helping those around him, he receives joy and pleasure.
This transformation demonstrates to readers the importance of their change and the importance of the effects their generosity could bring about. After Scrooges transformation he aided the unfortunate and deprived Cratchit’s. Dickens, with every intention of jerking on your heartstrings, shows the Cratchits as a poor family that has a profound gratitude for their emotional riches. Dickens carries this sentiment even further with the tragic future of the pure-hearted, crippled Cratchit son, Tiny Tim.
Tiny Tim, who Dickens uses to highlight the misfortunes of England’s poor and to elicit sympathy from the readers, is crippled from birth. Scrooge has an emotional connection to Tiny Tim and begins expresses extreme pity for him in Stave Three. The reader, upon hearing the usually uncaring cheapskate inquire into Tim’s fate, begins to believe Scrooge has a chance at redemption. Scrooge’s path to recovery and redemption concludes with his metaphorical “adoption” of Tiny Tim, acting as “a second father” to the little boy.
Author: Brandon Johnson
A Christmas Carol – Transformation
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