Marley and the Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge

There have been a large number of presentations based on the 1843 Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol, all revolving around the main character Ebenezer Scrooge. Without a doubt, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential and important works that has been the prominent backdrop for publications, cartoons, movies, TV shows, musicals and plays. It is also the most famous published work associated with Christmas, especially the character of Scrooge.

Dickens provides enough information about Ebenezer’s childhood and events that impact the development of his demeanor. However, he does not spend much time including the impact that Jacob Marley had on Scrooge. This is the reasoning behind this novella, to provide my interpretation of Marley’s impact on Ebenezer’s character and why he was willing to participate, along with the other three spirits, in changing Scrooge’s attitude and feelings toward philanthropy and Christmas. After all, Jacob was a similar soul, one that did not care for others or Christmas similar to Ebenezer. So why would he be willing to help change Scrooge’s disposition from a selfish old miser to a Father Christmas type figure?

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