I like to watch the movie “A Christmas Carol” during the Christmas season. This year I had a few thoughts about what Scrooge was actually learning from the visiting spirits. I will share those with you today.
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All about Scrooge
My preferred movie version of the classic Dickens story is the 1951 edition called “A Christmas Carol” that starred Alastair Sim. This version is very true to the original book and is very well thought of by most film critics. I urge you to view this version if you can find it.
As I was watching the movie last night I realized that Scrooge was on a journey of discovering his true self. I have seen this story countless times, but for some reason I never quite realized Dickens was showing us a journey from true self to false self and then back again.
I guess I always thought that it was just some nice story about a crusty old man who redeemed himself on a strange Christmas Eve. For some reason the part about his childhood and apprenticeship with Fezziwig never seemed to be much more than a back drop for his becoming so angry with the world.
As I was watching the other night I realized that Dickens was attempting to paint a psychological picture of Scrooge. This picture was intended to show that we all have a similar story.
Scrooge was originally rejected by his father, who eventually accepted him. Then he was apprenticed to Fezziwig and that was a happy time where he actually began to learn about love. Then he lost his sister and took it as rejection. Scrooge decided that he needed to close off and not be vulnerable to his emotions. This lead to the unhappy man we find at the beginning of the movie. This is a man totally wrapped up in his false self.
For sake of a better description, the insights Scrooge experiences on Christmas Eve are his redemption. He finally sees the importance of being kind and helpful – hallmarks of being our true self.
I think a primary message that Dickens is attempting to convey is that there is nothing unusual about Scrooge. We all have aspects of his personality. We can all change just as quickly as Scrooge did. Dickens is imploring us to choose our true self and learn to care for and share with those around us.
Until Monday –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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