Paper: An Analysis of A Christmas Carol, a Story by Charles Dickens

Even though Christmas is a time of benevolence, Scrooge can not find the compassion to help people less fortunate. He believes that his fortune belongs to himself and that the poor should attempt to make a living independently. He can not face the reality that Christmas is a time to give and be joyful. However, Scrooge soon begins to see that Christmas is a time of happiness and transforms from a bitter, selfish old man into a giving, considerate, friendly man. Scrooge is delighted with the new disposition that he attains; “I am not the man | was. | will not be that man that | have been for so many years" (Page 240). Scrooge realizes that he is the only one agitated by the Christmas season. He is an outcast in society. However, by changing into a man full of tenderness, Scrooge is able to feel the gratification and joy that Christmas brings to so many people. He is no longer rejected in society. Scrooge’s new nature is also evident when he starts to send gifts to people, something he normally would never do. "I'll send it to Bob Cratchit's. He shan't know who sends it. It's twice the size of tiny Tim and such a Christmas dinner it will make" (Page 241-242). Scrooge is excited by the fact that he is able to make Christmas special for the Cratchits. He now enjoys giving to people and has found the spirit of Christmas. He bestows the turkey to the Cratchits for no apparent reason, except out of the goodness of his heart. For perhaps the first time ever, Scrooge is at peace with himself. In conclusion, the reader can comprehend Scrooge's personality transformation. Initially Scrooge does not care about anything or anyone except himself. However, he soon discovers the joys that Christmas time brings to people and becomes a charitable, humane soul. Thus, Dickens reveals that even the most miserly, stingy person is capable of having a kind-hearted soul....