The Story(board) of Ebenezer Scrooge

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  • Indirect Characterization
  • Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity; mercy; forbearance; and benevolence, were, all, my business.
  • But you were always a good man of business, Jacob.
  • Internal Conflict
  • The school is not quite deserted. A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still.
  • Theme
  • Why, it's old Fezziwig! Bless his heart; it's Fezziwig alive again!
  • Yo ho, my boys! No more work to-night. Christmas Eve, Dick. Christmas, Ebenezer.
  • This is an example of indirect characterization because it shows that all Scrooge cares about is business; he is saying that Marley was a good man of business as if that were the most important thing in life and Marley points out that there is more to life than greed and money.
  • Indirect Characterization
  • A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us.
  • God bless us every one!
  • The internal conflict shown here is that Scrooge remembers one of the times he wishes to forget. When Scrooge was a child his father sent him to boarding school and Scrooge was the only one who couldn't leave for Christmas. Scrooge is upset by this because he was neglected as a child and nobody really cared for him. In fact, the scene that the Ghost showed him may very well be the reason Scrooge dislikes Christmas in the first place.
  • Symbolism
  • Ghost of the Future! I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. Will you not speak to me?
  • One of the themes in "A Christmas Carol", 'the benefits of kindness' is shown in this scene. Fezziwig, who Scrooge was apprentice to is nice to his workers and is therefore well respected, that including Scrooge.
  • Indirect Characterization
  • This is an example of indirect characterization because even Tiny Tim, son of the poorest of the poor, a boy that will most likely die if something doesn't happen, is merry during Christmas and even asks for God's blessing.
  • The reason the Ghost of Christmas Future won't speak to Scrooge is because it can't- who can speak of what has yet to come? The author symbolizes this in the Ghost as well as its dark, stooping presence: this is Scrooge's future, and so far, Scrooge's future isn't looking so bright.
  • When the Ghost points to the grave, Scrooge realizes that it is his own, and begs that he can change his future. Then the light shines through, and Scrooge doesn't only say it but really means it, and he says that he will hold the Three Spirit's teachings to his heart, and is indirectly characterized for who he has changed into: a better man.
  • I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.
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