1. Nan Dillman

    Good post, Lori. Maybe Dickens meant to be over the top at the end of his story. He was writing at a time when great differences existed between the classes [kind of like now :)] and poverty was evident everywhere. Perhaps his over-the-top ending was meant as a gentle kick in the pants to his complacent readers.

  2. Yes, it is hard to judge literature written in another century with today’s standards. Or maybe it isn’t hard, just not fair. 🙂 And, as I said it is a Christmas story. Even today that equals more allowance for over-the-top.
    Thanks for commenting.

  3. Hi, Lori!

    Scrooge’s fear is most certainly that of being abandoned. If he feared being alone, he would do anything to avoid being alone. And yet, he lives totally alone by choice. So that can’t be his fear.

    That’s why I believe he fears abandonment–loving someone and losing them. His life has taught him that if he doesn’t care about other people, he won’t get hurt when he loses them. He cares about money instead. He knows how to control money. But he still fears his wealth will also abandon him, and that’s why he goes to great pains to avoid losing it.

    This a great and in-depth discussion. I always love talking character with you!

  4. bobbi

    This is a great post, Lori (and yeah, the over-the-topness of the ending is also one of the reasons it endures, I think). Great illustration of character. Thanks!

  5. Steve

    Hi Lori. Well its nearly that time of the year again.
    Some excellent observations on Scrooge.
    I also feel the the somewhat complexed character reflected the mean & uncaring attitude of the day & in some respects they are both visible in the current climate.
    But back to the story, with a different slant. I felt sympathy for the man & his family problems.
    As for the rest of society he saw them as brain dead consumers, much like today, & furthermore he did begrudge them their brief bit of happiness in such awful times (1840s).

    Bah humbug and a good day to you sir.

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