Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

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Discuss the ways in which Charles Dickens presents the character of Ebenezer Scrooge as being central to the moral message of A Christmas Carol. In the text ‘A Christmas Carol’, the author Charles Dickens presents the character of Ebenezer Scrooge as central to the moral message in a number of different ways. To identify this, a number of different aspects within the text shall be looked at. These include the morals of the story and the affects of this. The way Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed as well as what the character he represents. All of these aspects are important in order to deliver the moral messages contained in the text. Some people’s perspective is that looking at the message of the story is key in being able to look at the effect Ebenezer Scrooge has on it. The moral message of the book conveys that everyman should be treated as an equal, and it is the duty of every person to help those who are less fortunate. This is mentioned in the first stave of the book where the Ghost of Jacob Marley says: ‘ It is required of everyman, that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.’ Dickens uses each Ghost’s tale to function as a parable; as such ‘A Christmas Carol’ illustrates the central Christian moral ideas, particularly associated with Christmas. The book also offers relatively modern ideas of how to celebrate Christmas for the Victorian age, which is less concerned with solemn religious traditions and more concerned with the utilising of the Christian traditions of sharing gifts, festive celebrations and displays of prosperity. This moral message has a big effect on ... ... middle of paper ... ... Father” (Stave 5). Having identified and discussed the moral message contained in the text ‘A Christmas Carol’, and that the way Charles Dickens presents the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, as central to this moral message; Scrooge is clearly shown to be ultimately the key to the story and its pivotal focus. Through the points discussed, it has been sufficiently explained the pivotal role that the character of Scrooge plays, through his representation and the way in which Dickens has portrayed him. As both ends of the spectrum in terms of this moral message, illustrating the consequences of not following this code and that change is indeed possible as well as important. Scrooge is proven to be the central character through whom many important social and political points in historical context of the text; but, through those which are also relevant today.
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