Comparing the Moral of Shane and A Christmas Carol

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Comparing the Moral of Jack Schaefer's Shane and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

In Jack Schaefer's novel Shane, Jack Schaefer states his opinion on peoples ability to change. Shane says to Bob, "A man is what he is, Bob, and there's no breaking the mold." Jack Scaefer supports this quote by making Shane return to his old method of dealing with problems. When Shane first arrived he was dessed in all black. Shane later tells the Starrett family thatr he was a gunfighter in his past. Later in the novel you can tell that Shane is to avoid his past, Shane begins to dress in colors besides black and he also tries to handle problems verbally rather than physically. Shane tries very hard to prevent having to return to his violent past. Shane keeps to himself a lot too, Shane does not like disscusing his past with anybody, as if he were ashamed. When confrtont Shane Stark Wilson, Shane tries to give Stark Wilson a chance out, Shane gives Stark wilson a chance to walk away, but Stark Wilson refuses. Since Stark Wilson insited on fighting Joe Starrett Shane is forced to go back to his violent past. Shane dresses back up in his all black clothes, just as he wore when he first arrived. Shane grabed his gun and met Stark Wilson for the final showdown. By having Shane return to solving problems with a gun, Jack Schefer implies that a man can not changed, there is no breaking the mold.

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens expresses his belief on changing ones personality. The moral of A Christmas Carol is "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end." Charles Dickens shows the moral by haveing Scrooge change his personality. In the begining of A Christmas Carol Scrooge is a cold and almost heartless man, Scrooge doesn't like Christmas or anything to do with it. Scrooge keeps to himself a lot, he does not like having people around him, not even his own family. Scrooge had a partner named Marley, Marley was just as bad as Scrooge is. Because of Marley's foul behavior he is condemed to an eternity of carrying heavy chains. One night Marley appears before Scrooge and warns him that if he continues being the kind of person that he is, he will face a destiny much worse than what Marley is facing.

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