A Soul Scared to Change
Upon hearing the word ???Christmas???, what comes to mind Is it the chilling winds, cheerful carolers, or the adrenaline that pumps through ones veins as the vibrant paper is stripped off a mysterious box In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, a gloomy hateful man, thinks of Christmas in only one way; that wretched time of year when false merriment is proclaimed to make one feel better about them. The story takes place in the late 19th century in London, England where a bitter, cold-hearted man, Scrooge, denies all of the joy from the ???giving time of year???. It is not until he is visited by three ghosts that his facade begins to fade, and he begins to feel true happiness. Dickens shows that with enough faith, any man can change from a misanthrope into a kind, peace-making man, being only a positive influence.
Scrooge??™s heart was as cold as the winter snow. He didn??™t care about helping others or making Christmas a joy for them. Therefore, when charity men came to ask for a small shilling of a donation for the poor, Scrooge whisked them away, not wanting to contribute anything for the unfortunate. Any man who??™s heart is content with knowing that there are people out there with nothing on their backs or in their stomachs is a sad excuse for a human being. Then, as cheerful carolers came to spread Christmas cheer, Scrooge threatened them violently with a ruler, and watched them scurry off. No singing could melt his frozen heart. Even the narrator calls Scrooge a ?????¦tightfisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!??? (Dickens 2) To illustrate this, his nephew, Fred, begged his uncle to come have dinner with his struggling family, but in reply, Scrooge said, ???Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry What reason have you to be merry You??™re poor enough??? (5). In the beginning, the old, bitter man with a chip on his shoulder had no remorse or love for anyone, he only wanted money. Being so selfish and melancholy, it was believed that Scrooge could never change. Yet, when three ghosts came to visit, it was shown that anyone??™s heart could change.
After Scrooge??™s frightening and eye-opening experiences with the ghosts, there was a change in him even visible to the blind. He became a more generous and caring man for all to see. He laughed for once in his life, and his cold weary heart strengthened and thawed out because of the joy he felt. ???I am as light as a feather, as happy as an angel, as merry as a schoolboy,??? Scrooge says, ???I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!??? (114). As the world turned, he finally realized that life is a gift and he wanted to spread it. First, he decided to share it with his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Before, Scrooge barely paid the loyal worker, and wouldn??™t give him coal to support his fire. But after the spirits??™ visits, he raised Bob??™s salary and solemnly swore to rescue his family in need. The ghosts taught him to open up his wallet and share how fortunate he was with the world. So, along with Bob Cratchit, Scrooge also made a heaping donation to the poor. The man whom he once ignored and rudely pushed away was astounded with happiness and shock when Scrooge proposed a colossal amount of money to give back to the less fortunate. Clearly, he has changed from a sad misanthrope into an abundance of life and cheerfulness.
Change is possible. Though some may disagree, the change has to illuminate from the heart out. When one??™s heart??™s feelings differ, their attitude and outlook on the subject do too. Many times throughout life, the world will be faced with harsh reality and forced to adapt. Whether it finally be exposed to the true Ignorance and Want of society, or still try to sweep it under the rug and pretend everything is okay, change is inevitable. In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a cold, hateful man named Scrooge undergoes a complete transformation from a depressing pessimist into a cheerful, caring human being. As time slowly progresses and Scrooge is visited by three haunted ghosts, his viewpoint on life completely changes. The deal was sealed when the last spirit showed him how a miserable life would lead to a devastating death, which made Scrooge quiver. He thanked the heavens for how fortunate he was to be living; something one usually takes for granted. Therefore, in order to live a full, happy life, a realization is required: one must be optimistic, because no matter what, there will always be hope.
A Soul Scared to Change