A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol tells the story of Scrooge, a selfish, greedy man who is visited by three ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future to show him the error of his ways. The ghosts in turn take him to visit the regrets of his past; see the present happiness of his clerk’s family despite their poverty, and finally see how little regard people have for him once he is dead. Dickens’s tale of redemption, moral triumph and the Christmas spirit has continued to resonate with people throughout the years since its publication in 1843.
Scrooge is the epitome of greed and selfishness. Many draw parallels with today’s bankers and the mega-rich: have we become a society which celebrates greed?
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