He spends his day counting profits wishing that the whole world would leave him alone. His entire life is based on making more profits. Dickens describes Scrooge as a"squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" and that "No wind that blew was bitterer than he," meaning he was harsh and very bitter. He also states that he is as "Solitary as an oyster," which means he did not open up to people and was often alone.
His treatment to the poor is appalling as when he is asked to give a donation for them he replies, "Are there no prisons?" "And the Union Workhouses?" this is very harsh and selfish, because he is basically saying they should be put in prison instead of trying to get money off of him, this instantly creates bad impression on him. His counting house is described by Dickens to be like a "dismal little cell", this gives the impression that it is cheap, dark and cold because the fire he describes is so small its as if it only has one coal. Being so cheap and not wanting to spend anymore money than he has to he only employs one person Bob Cratchit (... ... middle of paper ... ...ery clear that, is you are not kind to people then you will have something bad happen to you in your afterlife.
Charles dickens used Scrooge to symbolize the minority of the population that are inconsiderate & rich. Scrooge was a mean man, who made people work hard and lived for profit, ‘ but he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone’. Ebenezer Scrooge was a cold hearted, emotionless and pessimistic man that was very lonesome but was not bothered about this situation. Scrooge had a lifeless source of friendship, money! As long as he had money, along with power, he was happy in his miserable home all alone, ‘secret and self contained and solitary as an oyster.’ Scrooge was a strong minded man who would rather see poor and destitute people in jail,’ if they would rather die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.’ Scrooge had a clerk called Bob Cratchit, who even thought gets treated unfairly by Ebenezer, still has some respect for him.
In the introduction, Dickens points out Scrooge’s wealth to immediately aim any point about society not only to average people but in particular to people of Scrooge’s similar wealth, he does this by describing Scrooge as ‘an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral’, this not only proves Scrooge’s wealth but also that Scrooge is a cold character, the first hint of the truly negative character of Scrooge to be revealed later in this stave, since he has the heart to do business on the day of the funeral of his long time business partner. What makes this worse is that Marley was Scrooge’s equal in terms of character as far as the story goes since Dickens chose to describe what Scrooge meant to Marley as ‘his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole friend and his sole mourner’, therefore since Scrooge showed little sympathy in the death of ‘his equal’ it gives the readers a sense of cannibalism since Scrooge is practically turning his back on Marley in his death. Even in the introduction, Dickens ... ... middle of paper ... ...as changed as Scrooge is not usually earnest at all. Not only which, Scrooge seems to be a lot happier after this change as proven by the quote “Oh, glorious.” This is Scrooge describing the environment, in his description he describes it positively showing a sign that he is happier. This is important as it is a signal to readers in Scrooge’s financial situation that they will be happier after the change.
Scrooge is a very grumpy lonely old man who cares about nothing but money. He has no one that loves him and no friends. In this section Scrooge is dressed in his night cloths, dressing gown, slippers and a bed hat. The ghost of Marley is determined to convince Scrooge to change his ways. He is described to have chains with cash boxes and ledgers hanging from them.
What reason have you to be merry?” “I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can’t afford to make idle people merry.” These two quotes show that Scrooge cared nothing for the people around him. He just cared about money only. His life is lonely. His life is sad. And he didn’t like Christmas, he hate it very much.
At his funeral, his family has nothing encouraging to put on his grave, and neighbors do not even bother to attend. Thus, he is depicted, even in death, as an individual unable to find happiness in his own family and friends. As stated earlier, Hawthorne’s goal is to show the discovery of evil can lead one to utter desperation and cynicism. Brown is the medium through which he is able to achieve this goal. He is successful in teaching his audience a moral lesson; which is that in denying the idea that good exists and is capable of overpowering evil, Brown has committed the worst sin of all.
However, at the very end of the play when he discovers his wife dead, he mourns and shows affection for the first time and lets down his guard, which leads inevitably to his demise. Sweeney Todd was a strong and self-motivated character who cared for no one but himself and his goals, has no respect, has no loyalties, has no concern, and has massive tunnel vision. His traits are particularly evident throughout the play due to a few behaviors in particular: He ignores Mrs. Lovett's advances, he risks throwing his daughter into danger with her ward, his focus is entirely on his revenge, he walks by his wife without noticing it is her numerous times, and he even murders his wife without noticing it's her. Even though Mrs. Lovett spends large portions of her time trying to capture the love and admiration of Sweeney by sharing all the things she wants to do/share with him; Including, telling him she wants to live near a beach and spend her life with him. He shows no interest in anything she ever said or did.
However, his career itself is excruciatingly mundane and only a man as simple as he could extract happiness from it. Akaky is a ghost in his world, and only his death leaves any impression. Temptation, in the form of a luxurious coat, is forced upon him and upsets his peaceful life. Akaky should not be hated for his disconnection from reality or for his symbolic marriage to an overcoat; rather he should be pitied for his terrible fate. Akaky is doomed from birth.
First, we are introduced to the industrialized Capitalist city of Coketown (Dickens 19). Dickens describes Coketown as one that “lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays” (203). Coketown is dominated by a society of ruthless, materialistic, rich capitalists. In Book the First: Sowing, we are introduced to the main characters, the first of which is Thomas Gradgrind (5). Mr. Gradgrind was a prominent school head that believed in “realities, facts, and calculations.” He is described as a cold-hearted man that strictly forbids the fostering of imagination and emotion, especially in his two children: Tom and Louisa (Dickens 5).