Tuesday, January 7, 2014

“The death of loved ones could ruin the most loved childhood Holiday.”
Charles Dickens begins his first chapter “Marley’s Ghost” with the unpleasant story, with the death of main character’s close friend; who died seven years ago. Scrooge and Marley were close friends, whose friendship last very long.  Marley’s death had a tremendous influence on Scrooge’s life, since Marley died on Christmas day everything became gloomy and dark for Scrooge, he started to hate Christmas. Scrooge and Marley were a business partners. After Marley’s death Scrooge became angry, he had a feeling of hatred toward the people, he was grumpy, and sad, he lived in his own world about his own thoughts of life.
On one of Christmas-eve days Scrooge’s nephews arrives and he invites him to the dinner with his wife, they want to share their joy and happiness with Scrooge, but eventually he refuses to go because he hates Christmas. He and his nephew had a little quarrel about that, their perception on that holiday were very different, his nephew was telling him that on this day people should share their feeling of care with one another, be kind, and help those who are homeless and hungry, but Scrooge didn’t like that and to each sentence his nephew said he replied “Good afternoon”. Scrooge also had a clerk in his office who also liked Christmas and wanted to leave earlier to spent more time with his family, but Scrooge replied to his with anger “A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!” (p. 47, iBook version) Because Scrooge was so unhappy, sad, angry, and greedy, that he would never let anyone be happy around him. On that same day two men arrived into Scrooges’ office, who wanted to get a merry from Ebenezer Scrooge for poor people, and who are almost dying on the street, while having a conversation with them he was rude to them, and he never gave them any penny.
On his way home Ebenezer Scrooge was alone, irritated, and he didn’t like that holiday mood in the streets. As he came home he began to notice weird sounds that are around his house. He feeling of fear took over him, he was afraid to make any movement, “... The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold.”(p. 49, iBook version) He lives in a big house with many rooms, and he locked himself in his room with additional locks on the door. He again began to hear different sounds, suddenly he sees “his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change: not a knocker, but Marley’s face”. (p. 50,51 iBook version) After experiencing all the feeling of fear, the ghost of Marley arrives to him, with chains all over the body. Marley looked scary, “the hair was curiously stirred, as if by breath or hot-air; and though the eyes were wide open, they were perfectly motionless. That, and its livid colour, made it horrible; but its horror seemed to be, in spite of the face and beyond its control, rather than a part of its own expression.”(p. 52, iBook version) Scrooge and Marley had a conversation, but Scrooge didn’t want to believe in the Marley’s spirit. Marley came to help his old friend, so that when he dies he won’t suffer as Marley does now. As Marley finished his speech, he told Scrooge that three sprits would come and visit him. Scrooge didn’t want to believe in that, but he had a feeling of fear, and eventually he was waiting for those ghosts to come…

Upon our discussion in class of the article “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King, I could definitely connect his article to the Charles Dickens writing. When Stephen King stared his article he stated “I think that we’re all mentally ill…” the main character of “Christmas Carol” started to experience that feeling of craziness when his saw a ghost, he didn’t want to belie in him, and even when he talked to him he wanted to think of it as a dream. Eventually after reading or watching horror movies we start to believe what is so-called “underworld”, and so did the Scrooge from the book, he always lived in his own world, with his own thoughts about it but when the ghost arrived it made him think of other things, and have different perception. Also, in our class discussion I can recall that we were talking about the balance between normality and craziness, what I mean by that is, horror movies feed our emotions, so we won’t do crazy things, but we will watch other ill people who does it in the films. As everything around us has an influence on each of us, so did the Marley’s ghost on Scrooge, from angry, irritated, ill-tempered man he started to change, this short conversation with Marley eventually will change him and will make him think differently. Despite all this facts, Scrooge really had a reason which led him act this way, he was following his id, he didn't want to over come his sorrow, so does the id's effect has on the horror movies characters who only do what pleasures them.


  1. "Eventually after reading or watching horror movies we start to believe what is so-called “underworld”, and so did the Scrooge from the book, he always lived in his own world, with his own thoughts about it but when the ghost arrived it made him think of other things" really liked this sentence its 100% accurate in my case and can agree.

    1. Glad you agree, bryan, but remember, comments should move the conversation forward--not merely agree or disagree ;-)

      Your summary's a little long, Alina, but we'll discuss this Monday :-)