see apparitions and ghostly shadows of his partner. Being a skeptic to the spirit world he ignored the noises and actions that the ghost of Marley was causing. After what seemed to be hours to him the noises of clanking of bells, doors opening and items being dragged, Scrooge just turns his head in non belief and says "humbug".
Using Steven Kings essay "Why We Crave Horror Movies" and his perspective about scary stories, his belief in the fact that people are drawn to horror would be perfect in the case of "A Christmas Carol" due to the fact that Charles Dickens takes a holiday which would be one of the most warm hearted and kindly celebrated day Christmas Eve, and turns it into a eerie and creepy event in his book by adding supernatural occurrences and adding ghosts. This novel can relate to Steven kings theory in many ways, but one line in the novel which fits and agrees with Kings theory would be "He did pause, with a moment’s irresolution, before he shut the door; and he did look cautiously behind it first, as if he half expected to be terrified with the sight of Marley’s pigtail sticking out into the hall." indicating that Scrooge was curious and had a almost sure feeling that he would be startled by the sight of Marley when he looked behind the door.
This is a video showing that even though were terrified we still continue to seek fear.
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