“Scrooge’s decision to change his way of life is purely selfish. Do you agree?”
In Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’, Ebenezer Scrooge’s transforms himself from an undesirable, self-centered old man to a gentleman where the most valuable things in life are family, friends, love and happiness. In the beginning, Scrooge was a cruel old man with no Christmas spirit. During the visits of the ghosts, Scrooge realizes what a joy the holidays are, and what he was doing wrong. He changes his ways in the end and his decision to change his way of life was not selfish, he just wanted to become a better person.
The Ghost of Christmas Past visits Scrooge first and takes him back a few years to see his time as a schoolboy, which makes him feel misery and pity towards himself. We are told that his mother died when he was a baby and his depressed father exiled him from home to live on the streets and in school until he changed his mind when Scrooge has entered his teens. The Ghost of Christmas Past reveals this to Scrooge, “as your mother died giving you life, for which your father never forgave you, as if you were to blame”. This is relevant to Scrooge, because it shows the beginnings of his lack of socialization and empathy which is due to a hard upbringing in the 1850’s in London.
Before Scrooge makes the decision to change, he was not very charitable and never gave money. He disregarded the poor and showed no empathy for those less advantaged as him. When Scrooge is visited by The Ghost of Christmas Present, it takes him to the house of his Bob Cratchit and his family. As the ghost is showing Scrooge how they still enjoy Christmas despite of being poor, Scrooge sees that they are joyful and loving towards each other. Viewing Tiny Tim in his weakened state, Scrooge asks the spirit if Tiny Tim will live. "If these shadows remain unaltered by the future then the child will die." Scrooge replies "No, no, oh no, kind Spirit! say he will be spared." To which...