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Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

4 Pages 875 Words May 2019

In 1843, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens was released to the public. This book soon became one of Dickens most beloved. People from all over the world fell in love with Dickens’ sarcastic tones and vivid imagery throughout the story. A Christmas Carol focused around a grouchy man named Scrooge who throughout the story went through a change in heart. This led to redemption within Scrooge’s life. Redemption is a second chance to improve on one’s past actions. A second chance is appropriate for someone who shows redeeming qualities after a mistake. Within the Bible, God used even the most broken people to do his good work. The Bible shows this through Saul who then became Paul once God was able to have a hand on his life. Paul stated, in 1 Timothy 1:12-14, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:12-14). Scrooge is seen as having good intentions as a boy, however, because he was neglected and not exposed as much to the real world, he was ignorant of what behavior he was truly exemplifying. This example is the most apparent thing occurring throughout the book, which would then be a justified reason to deserve a second chance. Scrooge is deserving of a second chance because he truly wanted to change, which is shown through both his physical and emotional characteristics.
Charles Dickens uses vivid imagery to show how Scrooge’s physical appearance changed throughout the book. “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on...

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