Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The haunting of Christmas' Past.
On the eve of Christmas, individuals generally take the time to reflect on the events of the year and unite with their families in celebration of the holiday. In ebenezer Scrooge’s case, the holidays are a regular period to continue to work hard and reap benefit for your self throughout the holiday season, as you would throughout the other 364 days of the year. In the novel, “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge is an outcast to the population of the town around him. No moment is wasted, no opportunity left behind, and no money given to those of lower standards whom have not worked for my earnings is Scrooge’s state of mind. On the even of Christmas, seven years prior to the stories present date, Ebenezer Scrooge lost his business partner, Jacob Marley. Their firm stood with Scrooge ad Marley painted above the buildings doorway, where Marley once joined Scrooge as a hard working and driven partner and companion. Scrooge fell into an extreme state of solitude at Marley’s loss. The only company he had was solely sought out for the purposes of business. He wasn’t an inviting individual to even strike thought of providing company. “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheeks, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue..” is the description used for the hard rock known as Ebenezer Scrooge. Not once of holiday spirit could crack his shell and convince him to have remorse or any feelings for those around him. At his firm he kept the air on high to freeze the feeling out of his peers and employees, as he stood unfazed being that his soul was already cold. “No warmth could warm, No wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he..” Not even the kindness and helping spirit of his own nephew could persuade him into caring for more then his work and his money. Throughout town people would part a path through the streets in attempts to avoid the passing with Scrooge. He enjoyed nothing more then to not be bothered by the lives he saw to be below him. In attempt to try to bring good spirits onto his uncle for the holidays, Scrooge’s nephew granted wishes of a great holiday. These wishes fell void and were disregarded. “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” Striking back in his defense, the nephew returns with questions to Scrooge “What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.” This backlash left Scrooge to just dismiss his nephew from his presents as he belittled him to be worth less then himself, even after more attempts of his nephew trying to move him into the holiday spirits and share this time amongst family and love. Scrooge spent his time focusing on work throughout the eve of the holiday, until he made his way home where he is reminded of his partner, Jacob Marley. As he approaches his door the face of Marley appears before him. Believing that he is in a state of delusion he proceeds into his house, but still checks every room to ensure his safety and sanity. As he locks himself away his fears begin to surface through his skin as noises haunt him and gradually reveal his former partners ghost. Jacob Marley is seen carrying chains that are symbols of the burdens carried on throughout his years of life. Scrooge is in disbelief in the beginning, but he gradually begins to reason and believe Marley’s requests for Scrooge to make changes in his life. Scrooge sees that he doesn’t want to be landed with a fate of dragging chains of all his work and greed in his afterlife. Roaming the earth without rest and shackled for eternity. He agrees to Marley’s requests to meet with three spirits in the following three days so that he may change his fate. Charles Dickens formed Scrooge to be bold, daring, fearless, and wealthy. Steven King knew that all of those qualities are liable to break an individual. The breakdown can be done by the individual, or by the people that may surround them. Steven King is fairly knowledgeable on what induces fear, and the fact that in order to soften the hard shell that many people cover themselves with, one would have to indeed experience fear. That release of tension can change the demeanor of the strong minded once they realize that they’re actions aren’t as beneficial to their life in the long run. Once life ends all of your actions are carried along with you. King used the element of fear to gradually break down Scrooge’s sense of comfort in work, money, and solitude. Once the tension through fear was released, Scrooge had to think about his actions and what his fate would be if he were to remain as he was. No one wants to carry shackles throughout eternity.