Even dogs didn’t like him; they would pull their owners way from Scrooge as if they were scared of him. And then wag their tails to ‘say an evil eye’ is worse than being blind. ‘No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle. ‘ This is another sentence which shows how people are scared of him. Everyone knows that he is rich but not even a beggar asks him for anything because they already know of how much of a cold-hearted person he is.
Two charity workers come to Scrooge and ask for money for the poor and need but Scrooge gives them nothing and tells them to go away. ‘I wish to be left alone,’ said scrooge. …
I help support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there. ‘ ‘Many can’t go there; and many would rather die. ‘ ‘If they would rather die,’ said Scrooge, ‘they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
‘ This also shows the way Scrooge treats other people. He kicks out these people who are working for good because Scrooge says that he is already helping the poor enough by supporting the establishments which are union workhouses and prisons. Scrooge shows how nasty he is by saying that they should die if they want to and decrease the growing population.
Scrooge treats these workers rudely like they are trying to steal his money, and they come for the poor but Scrooge doesn’t care about the poor or want to help them so he just treats the workers nastily and makes them leave.
Scrooge treats everyone badly; this also includes his family. He treats his nephew sarcastically because his nephew, as a strong believer in celebrating Christmas, makes a speech about it to Scrooge. After his speech Bob Crachit; Scrooges’ apprentice, claps in approval of the speech. This is Scrooge’s reply:
‘Let me hear another sound from you,’ said Scrooge, ‘and you’ll keep your Christmas by losing your situation. You’re quite a powerful speaker, sir,’ he added, turning to his nephew. ‘I wonder you don’t go into Parliament. ‘ Scrooge treats his nephew with sarcasm by say he should go into Parliament. His apprentice clapped towards the speech and Scrooge angrily reacted by threatening to sack him if he were to make another sound. Scrooge also treats Bob Crachit very nastily. From what I know later in the novel when Scrooge used to be a apprentice of someone he used to be treated very nicely and be very happy with what he did.
But now when he has an apprentice Scrooge treats Bob harshly: ‘Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. ‘ This shows how Scrooge treats Bob. Bob has a very little fire with one piece of coal in it, so he goes to get some more coal so he can make the fire bigger to warm up. Then before Bob can put the coal in the fire Scrooge says that he would be sacked if he were to use the coal.
Scrooge will not even let his apprentice warm up or have at least a happy time like Scrooge did when he was younger as an apprentice. Scrooge’s attitude towards other people shocks the reader as they see that Scrooge doesn’t like to interact with anyone. He likes to be alone and miserable. As a result we feel that Scrooge is just a miserable man who doesn’t like to see other people having fun. I think Scrooge likes to be alone because of the way he was treated by his father when he was younger; he used to be left alone in a little dull room.
Dickens uses a lot of techniques. In every paragraph there is a meaning, and to describe Scrooge he uses a paragraph for every little thing. I think the most interesting and effective technique Dickens uses is when he describes something, for example Scrooge, he goes into a lot of detail using lots of adjectives and making the image easier to see in your head. The language he uses is old English but it is still easy to understand because of the image Dickens puts in your head of whatever he is writing about.
My opinion of what I think this novel’s message is supposed to be is it is directed towards the people of the time he wrote this novel. It was the time of the industrial revolution; people had forgotten about Christmas or had no time for it because they were working too hard in factories. In summary I think Dickens wanted to revive the Christmas spirit into Britain with this novel. I think he wanted our attitudes to Christmas to be happy and cheerful and not to forget it. And by writing A Christmas Carol he has accomplished that.