Scrooge,Marley and tiny tim
You have to feel sorry for Scrooge. Here is this poor miserly man, minding his own business, just trying to eek out a living and suddenly he is approached by three ghosts, one of who he know ant the others who have horned in on the poor man, whose only goal in life is to be left alone.
We could, compare him to his alter Ego Charles Dickens. charles was uite a character himself, champion of the poor, publisher journalist, actor a busy man. He wrote constantly, and published everything he wrote, dreamed a lot and lived quite a wild life.
Victorian England was brought alive in his books, and made familiar to those of us who never lived it, but feel thanks to Scrooge and tiny time we were threre.
A Christmas Carol is a story of Ghosts, greediness, hurt, pain, man's inhumanity to man, but mosly it is the story of one mans redemption.
Marley was Dead...
From A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens.
arley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don't know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.
The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot -- say Saint Paul's Churchyard for instance -- literally to astonish his son's weak mind.
Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: it was all the same to him.
Scrooge goes on to recieve x number of ghosts one from the past, one from the future of course the scary one from the future.
Of course out past makes our present, and it is how we make the decision in our present life.
So we know Scrooge is a meany because his dad was dysfunctional, and his sister dies. He feels everyone who was anyone in his life, left him so he is going to be a lone. He starves the children of his clerk by underpaying him, kicks a dog outside, and screams at happy children playing on the streets. Worse then all of this he hates his nephrew because he has decided to be happy.
Rotten Kid. What Nerve.
one of the things I have always noticed about Scrooge is he can't be all bad from the beginning, he grouses and complains but he still gives his clerk Christmas day off, when he won't give him anything else he gets that one day a year. It shows he has a little love still left in him for the season, doesn't it?
From then it is all down hill. Three Ghosts, Saved
Scrooge and Marley
If anything in this world scares us, it is death. Ours, thiers, his, Death is the ultimate unknown. The Ghost of the future tells scrooge that he will die next Christmas if he doesn't change, and worse then that he gives him our second most prevlant fear That no one will care. No one will care? Well maybe I can handle the death thing, but I have to have people at my funeral Thinks Scrooge. Maybe there is something to this Ghost thing after all..
Why? Because this is the way we prove to the world we have touched the lives of others.
Of course we are not there to see it, but in puritan days they used to pay people to attend the funerals so the person could have people to say good by to them.
But Scrooge is saved from all of this, he starts giving out money and gifts like they grow on trees and makes a difference in the lives of a lot of people, who then are happy to go to his funeral and He is redeemed Well that is Scrooges story, I hope you have a good Christmas season, and i hope the ghosts will find themselves elsewhere but not in your life. What it never tells is is what happens to him after he dies, and that is the real story, isn't it?
But A Christmas Carol is a good story for all of us to read at Christmas, because that is what the holiday is for. Our redempation brought to us not by the birth of a child but His death and it is not for this life, but eternity. .
So we will never need the ghosts, we just need Him, but still Iwouldn't kick any dogs and make sure tiny Tim gets his pudding.
there are many versions of A Christmas Carol
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