Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old bag. He hates everyone, even his nephew. He has no cares for anyone or the way they may be living. His trusty employee Bob Cratchit is even treated badly by Scrooge. This book shows how one person however nasty or selfish has a good heart. We see in the book that three ghosts (Christmas past, Christmas present & Christmas future) come to visit Scrooge and show him his wrong ways. The Cratchit family in the book shows us that however poor you may be that Christmas brings it’s own reward.
And that there is no reason to be upset and miserable, but that you should be happy, and the Cratchit family show us that they are very content and they appreciate what they have got even if it is not a lot. We have a lot of examples of Scrooge’s attitude as a person and a businessman. In the beginning of the book we are told that Scrooge is sitting in his chair counting his money. We can see from this that all he cares about is money. His only love is for money. It was because of his love for money that he split up with his love. We are told that Scrooge’s ex business partner Jacob Marley has died.
There is no feeling inside Scrooge except that he will get all of the money from the business that him and Marley ran. We can see that in the book, a man comes round asking for money for the poor who have no homes. Scrooge is so nasty and selfish that he says to the man “I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned – they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there. Many can’t go there: and many would rather die. If they would rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.
We can see there that Scrooge does not want to give any of his money and that if anyone died he could not care because “it’s not my business”. Scrooge also mentions that he pays taxes like most people which pay for these things like Union workhouses which people could go to, to get work, Prisons which people could take refuge in and the treadmill and the poor law where people could obtain money. While Scrooge is at his home, the ghost of Jacob Marley comes to Scrooge and tells him that there will be three ghosts, who will come at the strike of a bell.
As Marley left Scrooge examined everywhere Marley had been inside his room. The first of the three spirits was soon to come. Scrooge woke up in the middle of the night. It was so dark that he could not see. He could not distinguish one item from the other. Soon the clock struck 12 and the ghost of Christmas past came in the presence of Scrooge. The ghost told Scrooge that he would show him his past. The spirit took Scrooge to a place that Scrooge remembered well. There he saw his younger self. Scrooge remembered all of this and he felt sad.
The ghost asked him what was the matter and Scrooge said “There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something: that’s all. ” On this the ghost smiled to himself, knowing that Scrooge was changing. The ghost took Scrooge to another Christmas, where Scrooge was at school and Sister came to get him. The ghost commented on his sister that she had a large heart. Scrooge admitted that. He said that she had one child and the ghost said it was true. The ghost said that the child was Scrooge’s nephew.
Scrooge suddenly seemed uneasy in his mind (which shows he felt bad because he had not been very nice to his nephew and he was the only family he had left) so Scrooge answered briefly to the ghost, “yes”. They next went to a warehouse where it showed scrooge all jolly like his old self. Here Scrooge felt uneasy too. Scrooge saw his old friends Mr & Mrs. Fezziwig. Scrooge saw how these people got so much joy out of something so small and remote. The ghost commented to Scrooge that ” A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude. ” Scrooge argued about this and he remembered about his clerk.
Scrooge once again was upset and the ghost asked him what was the matter and he told him that he felt like saying a few words to Bob Cratchit (his clerk). The ghost told Scrooge that here was not much time, so they went to a place where Scrooge saw himself and his previous love. Here he was faced with the question of his love. The young girl asked him what idol has displaced him. Scrooge replied ” A golden one”. And so she left him and they parted. We could see there that Scrooge had lost all interest and that his only love from then till the present was his love for money.