A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
A Christmas carol is a novella written by Charles Dickens during the Victorian times in London. It is said that the author throughout the “novella” shows how people can change by having the opportunity to think over their own actions. Moreover, Dickens shows that personal greed leads to loneliness, while kindness and generosity lead to personal happiness. Last but not least, the writer deals with the concepts of charity, family and money as moral messages.
To start with, in the story, Ebenezer Scrooge has no feelings towards
his family or acquaintances and holds a strictly professional relationship with them,
creating a hostile bond between them. Luckily, thanks to the appearance of three different spirits the main character has the chance to have a look over some moments of his past, present and future life. In addition, it could be said that by observing himself Scrooge regrets what he has done to his loving ones and to himself. It is in that precise moment when he becomes aware how unhappy he is by being such a lonesome, miserable and greedy person. What is more, not only does he change from his gloomy, dark appearance but he also converts into a carefree child - like person. It is my belief that every past mistake in Scrooge’s life is an opportunity for a new beginning and a change in his future. At the end of the story a new Ebenezer can be observed, one that has learned many lessons and has gained experienced which contribute to both personal and spiritual growth.
Furthermore, should people behave selfishly and despicably towards others, they will live a friendless and unfortunate lifetime. Taking into account Scrooge’s nature it may be said that this is thoroughly true. All through the story it can be appreciated how Ebenezer treats people and how they respond to such nasty manners. For instance, the businessmen that Scrooge does business with frequently show no feeling about his death and go to his funeral...