“I was bred in this place. I was a boy here! … Its gentle touch, though it had been light and instantaneous, appeared still present to the old man’s sense of feeling… Your lip is trembling. And what is that upon your cheek? … it was a pimple;” (633).
“I wish, Scrooge muttered putting his hand in his pocket, and looking about him, after drying his eyes with his cuff, but it’s too late now! … Nothing. There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something.” (635).
“I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now. That’s all.” (638).
This quote develops theme because it shows how Scrooge is first starting to open up about his feelings. He had never really shown any emotions other than anger. Scrooge is starting to change because he is realizing how his past has impacted his life now, and how he can show emotion. He knows that he has a bad reputation and this is the start of Scrooge changing, by him showing sadness and actually having a heart about something.
“The night is waning fast, and it is precious to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!” (658).
As Scrooge reminisces on his past mistakes, he actually wishes he had given the poor boy some money. He regrets his bad decision and realizes what he has done. Therefore he wants to make a change, even though it has already happened. This develops the theme that people can change, if they desire to, because Scrooge wants to change by being kinder to the caroler.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year. 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. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!" (663).
The theme of A Christmas Carol is that people can change their reputation and their personality if they have the desire to do so. Some people choose to be grumpy their whole lives, while Scrooge found a way to change and he was determined to become a better person as he learned the hurt he put on others. Anyone can change like Scrooge, they just have to want to. When that person sees what they have done and can reminisce on their mistakes, they can learn from them. Scrooge could have taken the opportunity to see his past, present, and future and just not paid attention but instead, he learned from it and became a better person in the end.
In this example, Scrooge remorses on the fact that he was short with his clerk, Bob, and wishes he could apologize at this moment. Scrooge knows that he shouldn’t be rude anymore, and he is changing by understanding his mistakes and wanting to fix them, as seen.
Theme of A Christmas Carol
This quote helps develop the theme that people can change because Scrooge is beginning to care about something else other than himself. He wants to know more about his future and his fate, and he is open to the idea of learning. Scrooge is eager to keep going because he doesn’t have much time before his death, so he needs to go quick, in order to make a change which Scrooge is longing to do.
Scrooge has fully decided to change, and make his future better than what he has seen. He knows that his future as of know is a dark place and that there's no use in being mean and keeping up his old reputation. Scrooge wants to be happy and honor Christmas, and learn. He has commited to making a change in his life for real. In fact, Scrooge wants to make sure that his future in which he had just viewed, can be changed. He wants to not end up dying like he did. He pladed the Spirit to say that he and his future can change for the better.