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 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...]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Made Scrooge Scrooge?

The first page of the original edition of A Christmas Carol.

What Made Scrooge Scrooge? If you call somebody a Scrooge today, everybody will know what you mean. You’re implying that someone is miserly, grumpy, and selfish, especially but not only during Christmastime. Soon I want to examine what made Ebenezer Scrooge change from being, well, Scrooge, to being a generous man who loved both people [Read More...]

“Ebenezer Scrooge” – The Meaning of the Name

Part 5 of series: Christmas According to Dickens “Ebenezer Scrooge” – The Meaning of the Name As a first step in our consideration of the question “Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change?” I want to examine the character’s name. Charles Dickens was an author who paid attention to the tiniest details of a story. Surely he [Read More...]


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