Scrooge's Definition Of Business In A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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In A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean man who hates Christmas, but four ghosts, including his partner, Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years, come to visit him, and try to get him to understand that man’s “business” is not about getting rich, but instead it is caring for others.Scrooge does not understand the true meaning of “business”. He believes it is about making money. In A Christmas Carol,Charles Dickens shows that one’s “business” in life is caring for others through the lessons that are taught to Scrooge by the spirit.
In stave one of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge’s definition of “business” is making money. This affected him because only caring about money leads him to be lonely and mean. One example of this is on page 23 of A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge says to Marley “But you were always a good man of “business”. This shows that Scrooge thought “business” was about making money because Marley was good at making money. Another example is on page 10, when some charity workers come to collect money from Scrooge and he said “It is not my business”.This shows that Scrooge did not want to help the needy because he told them to mind their business and he would mind his.This shows that he didn’t care about anything except making money.
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This change impacted him by making him happy and caring. This is seen in the text when Scrooge says to his poor clerk “... and therefore I am about to raise your salary”(121). This shows that Scrooge was being kind to Bob Cratchit by raising his salary so that he will have enough money to care for his family. Another example of this is shown on page 114 when scrooge says ”I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school boy”. This shows that Scrooge was very happy and glad that it was not too late to change his