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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a story that is rich in metaphors that ultimately questions the morals and ethics of the authors society during the time of hislife the industrial revolutionized society In the story the main character Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy rich accountant who is visited by his old business partner ghost Jacob Marley Marleys ghost tells Scrooge that he may face a penalty of becoming a lost soul if he continues to value money more than anything else in his life He also foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three other ghosts that will give him the chance to redeem himself and he can break an iron chain of greed that he has woven Each time a ghost visits Scrooge he will become more aware of the failures of the society he lives in The ghosts will also let Scrooge see his contributions to those failures As Dickens writes the story of the three visits we are able to out more about Scrooges inner self-character We learn this about him as he finds out about his own fellow man and his community The crux of the story is alluded to in the ingenious metaphors Dickens creeates to illustrate his own reflection on Nineteenth Century society In the beginning of the story Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit are working at Scrooges counting house on a very cold night Christmas Eve Scrooges offices are nearly freezing because of the dreadful weather They depend on using coal to keep warm Scrooge is satisfied with a very small fire that he barely keeps going More than that he thinks is unnecessary warmth On the other hand Bob Cratchits fire is nothing but one dying morsel of coal Scrooge had a very small fire but his clerks fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal The irony in only using a
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