An Analysis Of The Effects Of Spiritual Visitations On Scrooge
Scrooge learned a great deal about himself during the visitations of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where not really 'fueled' by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be during his life but also in the end.
His realization of what might be is seen first with the second of the spirits. This spirit shows him people from all walks of life, miners, sailors, and even lighthouse attendants, but of all the places he went, his nephew's and the Cratchit's homes were probably the most disturbing.
Fred, Scrooge's own flesh and blood, began mocking his own uncle in a game he and his guests played. In a way this is when Scrooge began to realize that the truth hurts, and the truth was his life was a terrible mess of loneliness and misery. He knew if he didn't do something soon his testimony to life would be much like the things his nephew said about him in the game played at the party.
Then there was the Cratchit's who seemed to be more grateful towards Scrooge, a man who gave them barely enough money to buy food and shelter, then they really should have been. At first when Scrooge sees Bob stand to toast him he's almost filled with pride or at least an enlarged ego, but when Mrs. Cratchit says in a fit...