:christmas_tree:SCROOGE IN STAVE ONE :christmas_tree: (“A squeezing,…
:christmas_tree:SCROOGE IN STAVE ONE :christmas_tree:
“A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping,
The use of words with connotations to greediness cements the fundamentals of Scrooge’s personality to the reader
The alliteration of the words clutching and covetous adds particular emphasis to those words, implying that they are important
Furthermore, the use of an exclamation mark highlights the unbelievability of Scrooge’s greediness
“ [Christmas is] A time for finding yourself a year older, and
not an hour richer
This displays Scrooge’s obsession with money/physical things to the reader
You could say that you do become richer at Christmas, not with money, but with intangible things like love and forgiveness
However, due to Scrooge’s narrow-mindedness, he doesn’t see these benefits, but rather focuses on what he thinks are the negatives
as an oyster”
Oysters have shells that clamp shut, therefore, this quote could be commenting on Scrooge’s inability to give to others
However, it could also be commenting on Scrooge’s inability to take love from other people/his loneliness- this is emphasised through his interaction with Fred in Stave One and the use of the word solitary
' said Scrooge,
The use of these words in response to a simple ‘Merry Christmas’, shows that Scrooge does not care about Christmas, and that's why he is so lonely and miserable because he has no enthusiasm towards Christmas which is a happy day.
His attitude reflects on the dark and lonely life he lives.
“I do,” said Scrooge. “Merry Christmas!
What right have you to be merry?
What reason have you to be merry?
You're poor enough
The only thing running through Scrooges mind is money, and whilst someone is reaching out to him to help, he still favours money- his obsession has led him to the life he lived at that point in the novella.
The fact that he thinks the only reason to celebrate Christmas is because of money shows how corrupt and cruel he has become.
The use of rhetorical questions reflects his confidence on how he thinks what he's doing is right- but it is not because the people who he cared about most deserted him (eg. Belle).
“Nephew!' returned the uncle sternly, `
keep Christmas in your own way
let me keep it in mine
Again, Scrooge’s negative attitude to Christmas has made him aggressive. The way he refers to Fred’s Christmas as Christmas, and to himself he refers to Christmas as ‘it’ shows that he has no intentions of even wishing anyone a Merry Christmas, which is bad and has led him to a negative life.