Welcome to the class blog of Ben Villarreal's Freshman English II course, The Rhetoric of Pop Culture! Here you'll find the thoughts, ideas, and burgeoning written work from our university English class about pop culture.
Scrooge never painted out old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door:
Annotation: Why wasn't Marley's name ever painted in above the door? Scrooge cared for Marley, and never minded actually being referred to as Scrooge Marley. Why not honor his late friend by at least painting his name? Did paint signify happiness, or was Scrooge just too greedy to purchase paint?
"These are but shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "They have no consciousness of us."
Annotation: Maybe this experience helped Scrooge remember the things that he once cared for. Seeing people pass on the streets without even acknowledging his existence... Maybe he has sight of how it feels to tune out the world. It probably hurts to be taken back in time to a good period of your life and just watching how everything was once at peace in your life. If not hurt, then maybe it strikes the thought of change.
"It was a remarkable quality of the ghost (which Scrooge had observed at the bakers), that notwithstanding his gigantic size, he could accommodate himself to any place with ease..."
Annotation: How Rude?! *said in my Rudy Huxtable voice* Did he just call him a fat *expletive* and mix it with a compliment?
"Avarice, hard-dealing, griping cares. They have brought him to a rich end, Truly."
Annotation: Avarice- insatiable greed for riches, inordinate, miserly desire to hoard and gain wealth. Seeing the body of the man laying there lifeless should definitely set all there fear into Scrooge's heart if nothing else has. At this point he can see what shall become of his life. Laying untouched, un-cared for, un-bothered. This shouldn't be a desirable way to be left after life. Seeing joyous reactions to your death should be an immediate lesson about who you are.
American Psychological Association (APA):
avarice. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 27, 2014, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/avarice
"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"
Annotation: This must be a similar reaction criminals give after they commit a crime and the jury decides that they are not guilty. Scrooge can now wave his get out of jail free card high in the air, in spirit of the season and all he has learned.