In the first stave, Dickens tries to point out that Scrooge is a character that society considers negative. 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. We also see Scrooge as a bitter, cold-hearted, tight fisted, greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which engender happiness. Scrooge has only disgust for the poor, thinking the world would be better off without them, "decreasing the surplus population," and praise for the Victorian era workhouses. He has a particular distaste for the merriment of Christmas, his single act of kindness is to give his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off with pay.
Dickens saw the cold, ugly conditions that the poor were living in and thought that he had to do something about it, so he wrote 'A Christmas Carol'. He sees the rich people as those with the power to change the poor people's lives. It is the rich who need to be educated about the power they have to change things for the benefit of the poor. The poor also need to be educated so that they can earn money for themselves. The tool that Dickens uses is Scrooge, he is a caricature of the problems and he portrays what the rich people were like.
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 'A Christmas Carol', Charles Dickens portrays Scrooge as a very unpleasant and miserly man. He describes him as 'a tight fisted hand at the grindstone'. This paints a picture of a stingy old man, obsessed with money and work. Dickens wanted the reader to see just how awful Scrooge is at the start. Scrooge is said to be 'squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner'.
A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Scrooge is represented from the beginning as a miserable old man being described as a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" I think this a perfect description of him in one sentence. People know Scrooge well and avoid him, this suites Scrooge because he does not like other people and not a big fan of being sociable. The name 'Scrooge' was created by Dickens and is now well known in the dictionary as someone that is mean, this is basically what Scrooge is in the novel, a symbol of meanness. It is described that the people know Scrooge well and avoid him as much as possible.
It helps us find out that scrooge is a bitter, mean, twisted, moody and selfish old man. The narrator Charles Dickens builds the foundation of our understanding of our knowledge that he is despised by referring to him as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” that helps us portray that scrooge is tight with his money. Dickens also tells us that he is “External heart and cold had little influence on scrooge” and also that scrooge says “no warmth, and no wintry winter cold chill scrooge.” In general scrooge is described to have poor relations with other people and literally he is a loner, but this is what he wants. Scrooge is known by people as a bitter old man, as when he walks down the street people avoid his wicked ways. In a way it as if scrooge wants to stay alone and he may enjoy being despised by others.
At the start of the novel, Scrooge is a penny – pinching miser. I can tell this because Dickens writes: “ A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” This shows that Scrooge is a stingy, grasping miser who, exists only for money and he holds his money very tightly and is not willing to let it go. He earned lots of money. He was not generous with his money. The weather is constantly mentioned in the first chapter.
Dickens’ purpose of writing the story is to remind people to help others and don’t be selfish. The purpose of the story is to entertain and to teach. It also tells us that nothing can buy happiness from being with families and friends. Dickens has been successfully achieved his aims as the set out of the story is interesting and meaningful by presenting three ghost to ‘frighten’ his readers.
Many of the rich people were very mean and insensitive. If the poor did not turn to crime they had the choice of going to the workhouses. However, the conditions of these places were terrible at best. Some charities tried to raise money to improve workhouses, but the rich believed that the poor should have gone to the workhouses, as the... ... middle of paper ... ... Scrooge's first order of business is to get a present to the Crachitts. '" A remarkable boy!
Scrooges transformed from an unpleasant and penny-pinching character to a charitable kind man. The following essay focuses and examines the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, delving into his past, present and supposed future. In the opening of the novel, Scrooge is depicted as a miser who would not even give enough coal to his clerk despite the harsh weather to keep the office warm. His greed is his downfall, because he is so consumed with his money that he neglects people around him. He spends his day counting profits wishing that the whole world would leave him alone.