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A Christmas Carol is a classic story about a man Ebenezer Scrooge who embarks on a journey exploring all facets of his past present and future life Scrooge goes through a tremendous transformation that ends up saving his life Scrooge begins the story as a person who does not believe in the Christmas spirit and ends up having as much or more than everyone else Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work and for idle people to expect handouts He doesnt believe in all of the good spirit and charity that the season promotes and he isnt afraid to let everyone know Scrooge was so cruel at times he even made Bob Cratchit an employee of Scrooges almost beg to have Christmas day off to spend with his family In the beginning of the story Scrooge enters into a discussion with two upper-class men who are raising money for less fortunate people during the Christmas season When they ask Scrooge if he was willing to donate money he declines and says that they should go to either prison or union workhouses and fend for themselves The two men stress that certain people would rather die than go to those places and Scrooge smugly comments They had better do it and decrease the surplus population Dickens 10 At this point Scrooge seems to be the epitome of antipathy and selfishness After Scrooge is visited by the four spirits Jacob Marley Christmas Past Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come he realizes his fate if he doesnt change Jacob Marley Scrooges dead old partner comes to warn Scrooge to change his life to get off the track he is on now or he will suffer like Marley did The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge some of his childhoodyoung adult years and Scrooge cries because of regret from something he should have done
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