Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Chains We Forge in Life

     A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, gives us a sneak peak into the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, who was a business man dealing with money either as a money changer, tax collector or an accountant of some sort. Scrooge initially had  a partner by the name of Jacob Marley who has been dead for the past seven years. The story begins on the eve of Marley's death which is also the eve of Christmas. Upon his death, Marley had given Scrooge the power of attorney, where Scrooge decided on his behalf what to do with all he owned while alive.
     Scrooge is depicted as a very mean person even to himself. The description given by Dickens of Scrooge, introduces us to an egotistical man by him writing, "External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he." His ego is brandished when he refers to himself as an excellent man of business, once thinking to himself and later as he talked to Marley's Ghost and applied this to himself.
     Christmas, to Scrooge was a pet peeve and despite the merry voices around, he asks his nephew what right and reason he has to be merry. He only saw the negative and anything not profitable money wise was not his lot. It is only the Ghost of Marley that makes Scrooge different.The Ghost reminds Scrooge that he,Scrooge, has been forging his own chains. Scrooge was on his knees, trembled, faltered, shivered and sweated all within a short spun. Was it a horror movie he was watching or was it reality?
     In his article, "Why We Crave Horror Movies," Stephen King emphasized that horror movies are watched so that the inner man can prove he is not afraid. This does not include Scrooge. He is outright terrified and after the roller coaster ride he took with the Ghost, Scrooge will not get back to homeostasis because he awaits some visitors in the form of spirits. These might help him rewrite a different CV, so we are yet to discover if Scrooge is watching a horror movie he never craved for or if [pause] it is reality.  

1 comment:

  1. Good post, Hellen! So for the technical difficulties!