Loneliness In A Christmas Carol

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In the story A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge is given a once in a lifetime chance. After treating everyone around him with such little care, Scrooge is visited by his late employee, Jacob Marley. Marley and Scrooge have a lot in common, they are both greedy old men who only care about their money. After Marley’s death he visits Scrooge to warn him of his doomed fate and tell him that he is going to be visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Throughout this novela, Dickens reveals the theme of compassion through the main characters loneliness, regrets and realization. Dickens main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is known for his isolation away from the community. In the story it tells of this old man living by himself in a rather large house, for only one person. Although he lives his life avoiding others, Scrooge seems to have some sort of deeper loneliness that is expressed when the ghost of christmas past visits. During the ghosts visit Scrooge is able to see himself as a child and…show more content…
Near the beginning of the story while Scrooge is at work with his clerk, Bob Cratchit, he doesn’t even bother to heat his co-workers office because he doesn’t want to spend an extra penny extra on anything. He also doesn’t pay Bob very well, even though Bob has a son, Tiny Tim who is ill. Once Scrooge learns of the hardships that Bob Cratchit has endured and Scrooge has put him through he regrets how badly he mistreated Bob and wished he could take it all back. Another example of regret is when the ghost of Christmas past shows Scrooge how his ex-fiancee is now happily married with many children. Her newfound lover begins to talk about Scrooge and how alone and rude he is. By this point Scrooge is boiling with both rage and regret. He wanted the vision to go away so he wouldn’t have to reminisce on his
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