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The tale known as “The Christmas Carol” by is a story about a miser old man named Ebenezar Scrooge. Although in a spam of one night, a strange series of events led up to a tremendous amount of growth. Growing up in a harsh and unkind household took a huge toll on Scrooge’s stages of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Abused, lonely and protective of himself, he grew up with an attitude that stuck with him and evolved over a period of time.
His past created hardships on his lifestyle.
Society and its norms set a standard where the rich are viewed as happy and the poor are assumed to be needy. In Dicken’s story however, it is quite the opposite in fact the rich needed an awakening call. As Scrooge encounters the three spirits: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Future his perspective on things changes. The three spirits each appear to aid Scrooge in the hopes of awakening the Christmas spirit deep inside his heart.
The ghosts are appearing one after the other in his life transitioning him through important moments that toke, taking or will take place in his life.
Expectingly, Scrooge was visited by the first spirit but it’s looks where shocking. An unusual creature, it was the Ghost of Christmas Past. He appeared as a look alike persona of an ignitable wick embedded in wax, with fire rising high out it’s head. Odd indead,but was not intimidating.
On the contrary, as the clock strikes once again, the second spirit appeared. Awaiting in Scrooge’s room was a majestic giant, with a torch in his hand, and surrounded by an exquisite selection of food. This ghost was quite different than the first one mainly due to the vibrant energy he emited.
On the complete opposite of all, was the Ghost of Christmas Future. Known to be one of the most ominous and dark of all spirits, in fact it’s considered more of a phantom rather than a spirit. Dressed in a black garmet, the spirit gave off an image of mystery. No face, not even a voice. It was fundementally different that it struck Scrooge with fear. “I fear you most of all.” (Dickens).
Throughout the novel, there is a lot of symbolism but the one that kept reappearing within the different spirits was fire. From a spiritual perspective Fire represents creativity, motivation and an expansion of one’s thinking. The reoccurring theme of fire in this story context represents generosity and most importantly the Christmas spirit that all three spirits were trying to embed in Scrooge. Yes the spirits did represent themselves as complete opposites but they symbolized the same thing, Christmas spirit.
On the flip side of things, all the ghosts showed Scrooge different memories from different time spams of his life but they did have a common goal of turning the man he is now into a changed and jolly man.
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