Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III (Part 2)

John Leech’s drawing of Want and Ignorance in the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 10 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III (Part 2) In my last post in this series, I began considering what in Stave III contributes to the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart. I summarized the events of Stave III, focusing especially on Scrooge’s response to children in need: [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III

“The Ghost of Christmas Present” by John Leech from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 9 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III When we last left Ebenezer Scrooge, he had just finished being visited by the first of three Christmas Spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past. He fell into bed, exhausted. At the beginning of Stave III, Scrooge awakes, ready for the [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave II

“Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball” by John Leech, from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave II In my last post, I began to examine A Christmas Carol to discover why Ebenezer Scrooge changed so dramatically. I showed that we see the tiniest hint of his transformation in his interaction with the ghost of Jacob Marley, whose graciousness to Scrooge elicited a morsel of gratitude [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave 1

“Marley’s Ghost” by John Leech, from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 7 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave I As A Christmas Carol begins, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most unlikable characters in all of literature. Here, once again, is the full version of Charles Dickens’s classic description: Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, [Read More...]


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