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

“The Last of the Spirits.” Illustration by John Leech in the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 11 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave IV The final Spirit to visit Ebenezer Scrooge is the “Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come” or simply the “Ghost of the Future.” This silent Spirit, shrouded in black, takes the mythic form of death. Not surprisingly, the visions it reveals [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: The First “Ebenezer Scrooge”

The churchyard of Elmley Castle Church, Worcestershire, Great Britain

Part 4 of series: Christmas According to Dickens The First “Ebenezer Scrooge” If I were to tell you that Charles Dickens wrote a story about a solitary, crotchety old man who despised both people and Christmas until some supernatural visitors came to him on Christmas Eve and taught him to have a new perspective on [Read More...]


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