The overnight miracle (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Book Review)
Every December in the crowded streets of London filled with Christmas spirit, but there is a workshop, where Christmas is despised. The shop owner, Scrooge, has become a cold unfeeling man, who only cares about money, mistreats his employees, and doesn't see a need for the poor. He is visited by 3 ghosts, who take him on a journey and open his eyes to what he did wrong in the past, present, and what he can change in the future.He then sees everything he could have done differently and what will happen in the future if he doesn't change his selfish ignorant ways. In “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the evolution of the main character, Scrooge, teaches the reader about regret revealing that, one can’t change what happened in the past, but one can change how one acts in the present. Through the use of Scrooge's speech , looks, and how he affects others, one can see how he is changing over the course of the story.
During the visit of the ghost of Christmas past, Dickens begins to reveal that Scrooge needs to look at his past to realize that his own selfish decisions changed the course of his life. “Then leave me! I have done it with them. I shall live with them. As I have, as I do; as I will.” Dickens (265) When the ghost attempts to show him Marelys death Scrooge yells at the ghost and doesn't want to take responsibility for his own mistakes.In summary, how Scrooge communicates shows that even though he regrets he doesn't want to change as a person,not yet.
By the middle of the story, Scrooge begins to see how his actions affect other people, which makes Scrooge see how his selfish actions are changing other people's lives. Revealing that you can't change what happened in the past, but you can change how you act in the future. For example, when Mr.Cratchit thanks Scrooge for the food, Mrs.Cratchit gets fed up and says, “ The founder of the feast indeed! I wish I had him here! I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.”( Mrs.Cratchit) Dickens (266) The Cratchits are underpaid due to Scrooge being money hungry. These are the effects of Scrooge being an unfeeling, uncaring person. Instead of admitting his mistakes, he turns away. Scrooge begins to see how money hungry and self obsessed he is, by ignoring people's needs, not caring about the poor. He still doesn't want to admit it,but now he sees his mistakes.
In the end, Scrooge's thoughts show the message of regret revealing that no matter what you have done in the past, you can always try for forgiveness. As Scrooges looks into the future, he begins to pick up that Tiny Tim died, “He died!No,no!” Dickens (270). When Scrooge sees that Tiny Tim died, he knows it was his fault, he won't let TIny tim die. “ Let the boy live! I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.” (Dickens 272). Afterwards, the ghost shows him how almost nobody shows up to his funeral. This is the turning point in the story, where Scrooge realizes the mistakes he made, and what will happen if he keeps acting the same way. Scrooge, the unfeeling man, is no more. Now Scrooge has a different view on the poor, people's needs, and that money isn't everything. In summary, Scrooge is regretting the mistakes he made as the man he once was, once he wakes up he does change, for the better.
Through the use of speech, effects, and thoughts, the author of “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens, shows Scrooge changing over the course of the story exposing a very important message of regret revealing that it's never too late to change. In summary, in the beginning, Scrooge is a cold hearted man who hardly even cares for himself. When The first ghost visits , showing him his memories, he starts yelling at his old self, regretting. The second ghost shows him how his actions are affecting others due to his selfishness. While the 3rd ghost shows him what will happen if he doesn't change, for example, Tiny Tim will die due to no money to help him. By the end he is even more caring and giving than the average person, which shows how fast people can change.Many forgive Scrooge, as he becomes a big part of the community.After all this,how many people will go to his funeral?