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In the timeless tale A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens focuses upon the extreme transformation of a character named Ebenezer Scrooge The fact that several moralistic themes can be applied throughout the novel confirms why it is a classic The first significant alteration of Scrooges character occurred when he was a young man as he became increasingly involved in the occupation of business where wealth and assets are subjects of great examination and often possessiveness Described and portrayed as an avaricious bitter and solitary man Scrooge is introduced as critically immoral occupied constantly by business Christmas as the faithful celebrate it is referred to by Scrooge as a humbug or fraud On the topic of a merry Christmas as his nephew related to it Scrooge declared that an individual as poor as Fred has little or nothing to be merry about In one of the most disturbing quotations from Scrooge he casually remarks to two gentlemen requesting donations for the poor if idle people would rather die than attend prisons and workhouses they had better do it and decrease the surplus population 11 Scrooge accuses Bob Cratchit of being greedy for requesting Christmas as a day to retreat from work to be with his family when in fact it is he who is greedy essentially concerned with profits not people Orally this point is perhaps best illustrated in the Past when the girl he once loved more than money Belle declared that a golden idol has displaced me 37 Fully aware that Scrooges priorities are deranged and he has been degraded to worship wealth rather than valuing the qualities of human love Belle leaves him The intensification of Scrooges wrongdoing leads to the apparitions and chilling noises that spook him and eventually force him to acknowledge the magnitude of his sins The first occasion on which the reader witnesses the hallucinations of Scrooge is when he sees the ghostly face of the seven-year-deceased Jacob Marley in
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