Christmas Carol : Scrooges attitude/relationship towards others (Attitude…
Christmas Carol : Scrooges attitude/relationship towards others
Attitude to his nephew
"you fell in love!.......as if that were the only thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry christmas "
Scrooge berates fred for getting married
Shows neither of the concepts of love and Christmas are a happy thing for scrooge.
Links to stave 2 when scrooge sees belle and realises he could've been married and had a family,
"but you never came to see me before"
Scrooge never goes to see his nephew yet his nephew returns every year to invite him over
Scrooge neglects his only family. links to stave 2 when the ghost takes scrooge to see his joyous younger sister coming to take him home for school
"it is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off"
Fred's enthusiasm is evident in his hearty welcome as he shakes his uncles hand with force. Fred never lost love for his uncle even after everything that had been said
When the ghost compared Fan's large heart to Fred's scrooge realized he has treated his family wrong. - "Scrooge seemed uneasy in his mind"
Attitude to the poor
"Are there no prisons?.....And the union workhouses"
Scrooge thinks poverty should be treated as a crime. He has negative views on poverty.
"I can't afford to make idle people merry"
"idol" - adjective used by scrooge to describe the poor - scrooge believes those he calls "idol" are in such a state by choice
Shows scrooge believes the poor have no value in the world
Ironic - he can afford it but doesn't want to
"If they would rather die..........they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population"
Shows Scrooges lack of compassion towards the poor
Scrooge is being used as a device by Dickens to reach out to the wealthy and make them accept their responsibility towards the poor as the industrial revolution caused a massive gap between the rich and the poor which made the poor rely on the wealthy
"Alas for Tiny Tim......his limbs supported by an iron frame"
Tiny Tim could be treated if his family had enough money. However scrooge didn't care about Bob's family enough to ask them how Tim is and therefore remains stingy and doesn't give an high enough wage to Bob so that Tiny Tim could get treated
Attitude to his employee
"The clerks fire was so very much smaller"
The feeble fire represents scrooges cold attitude towards his clerk
Scrooge is stingy as he only provides bob with enough coal for a small fire
"A poor excuse for picking a mans pocket"
Scrooge resents giving bob even one day off for christmas
Shows scrooge is stingy
Also scrooge makes bob come in "all the earlier" the day after so he can make up for the loss of time
"merry christmas Bob..........I'll raise your salary"
Scrooge realises he pays bob too less so in the end he comes to the conclusion to raise Bob's salary
Links to stave 1 when scrooge threatened to fire Bob. - "you'll keep Christmas by losing your situation"
"To Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father"
Scrooge lived up to his promise that he would "endeavor to assist" Bob's struggling family, which he made to Bob
When scrooge sees Belle he is reminded of his greed. He loved money more than love. He lost Belle therefore he lost the only happiness in his life.
"Another idol has displaced me....A golden one"
Belle calls money Scrooge's "idol", suggesting that he not only loves it but worships it like a false god. - Could also be seen as hyperbole as scrooge doesn't literally worship his money she just uses the word "idol" for emphasis on the fact his love for money is far greater than his love for her.
In stave 2 we get to see Belles family. Belle has a loving husband and kids whereas Scrooge is "quite alone in the world" - This contrast is effective and Dickens quote is made clear: love of money can destroy love for others