Showing posts with label Ebenezer Scrooge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ebenezer Scrooge. Show all posts

Friday, December 4, 2015

ScroogeEbenezer-My Favorite Christmas Tale-Movie

Ebenezer Scrooge-
Favorite Christmas Carol
Movie with George
C. Scott.
Welcome my dearest friends & followers and for this post today I am going to write about my favorite Christmas Movie/Story that I watch every year--My most favorite of all the Christmas Carol Movies is the one in 1951 in which George C. Scott plays the part as Ebenezer Scrooge. I think it's because I have fond memories of the actor George C. Scott with my father one time I was able to buy prime seats at the Hollywood theater for the fiddler of the roof and George C. Scott played the part of the Father with the fiddle. It was the wonderful play and time with my dad. So that is why I thought I would do a post on Charles Dicken's Story 'Ebenezer Scrooge' 1843 novella---A Christmas Carol. 
The Story came of course before the movies and there are quite a few movies that were made from Charles Dickens 1843 Novella. I am going to try to put as many full movies as possible in this post for you all my wonderful followers & friends.If you don't know the story Of Ebenezer Scrooge~

At the beginning to his novella, Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas. Dickens describes him thus;'The cold within him froze his cold features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice---." His last name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy. The tale of his redemption by the three Ghost of Christmas---Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and lastly the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come---has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday in the English-speaking world. Ebenezer Scrooge is arguably both one of the most famous characters that were created by writer/novelist Charles Dickens and in English Literature. 
Scrooge's catchphrase, 'Bah, humbug!' is often used to express disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions. Several theories have been put forward as to where Dickens got his inspiration for his character Ebenezer Scrooge!
-It has been suggested that he chose the name Ebenezer-because it means 'stone to help'. To reflect the help given to Scrooge to change his life is but the 3-spirits. 
-The Surname may be from the now obscure English verb Scrouge meaning 'squeeze'or 'press. 
-One school of thought is that Dickens based Scrooge's views on the poor on those of demographer and the political economist of Thomas Malthus.
-Another thought might possibly have been that Dickens influence on the owner of the Gloucester Old bank who was possibly Britains first millionaire.
- However, the man that Dickens eventually portrayed after his character in his novel; A Christmas Carol was John Leech a noted British eccentric and miser named John Elwes in 1714-1789.
Scrooge with his former business
partner Marley coming to warn
him of his faith.
The Story of a Christmas Carol starts on Christmas Eve in the year of 1843 with Scrooge at his money-lending business. Charles Dickens refers to flaws, he despises Christmas as a 'Humbug', and subject his clerk, Bob Cratchit, to grueling long hours, shows his cold heart to others by refusing the prisons and workhouses and claims they are all better off deceased and decrease the surplus population.'' So as a result while Ebenezer prepares to go to bed in his dark and cold empty enormous home, he is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley, who had died seven years earlier on Christmas Eve, to warn Ebenezer to change his ways of he will have the same faith has he. Just like Scrooge, Marley had spent his life hoarding his wealth and exploiting the poor and not giving. As a result, he is damned to walk the Earth for eternity, bound in the chains of his own greed which is 7years long...............!
Marley hopes to warn Scrooge that he risks the same faith tonight if he doesn't change his ways and that his final chance to redemption will be tonight by three spirits tonight. The first at 1am-Christmas Past spirit 2am-Christmas present 3am-Christmas Spirit of Yet-to-Come.  First- Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to see his
Scrooge and the
Ghost of Christmas Past
time as a schoolboy and a young man just started out in the world of business. These visions reveal to Scrooge that he was a very lonely child whose unloving father sent him away to boarding school due to the fact that he was the cause for his mother's death giving birth to him- sources say his father always had a grudge to his son, but not his sister. Scrooge's only solace was his beloved younger sister Fan, who repeatedly begged their father to allow her brother Scrooge to return home. and one day the father did relent, however, with happiness there came sadness for Scrooge. Soon after Scrooge had come home Fan had later died giving birth to her first child her son, Fred, Scrooge's nephew. It would seem the same faith was for Fan as well as her mother. It was a hard life in those days for women for birth. The spirit of Christmas Past then takes him to see another Christmas a few years later in which he was happy at a Christmas party held by his very kind-hearted and festive boss-Mr. Fezziwig. It is there that he meets his love and later fiancee Belle; his love of his life. However, the Spirit of Christmas shows him a Christmas in which Belle leaves him because she realizes his love for money is strong for her and has replaced his love for her. This, of course, starts the beginning of his shame and heartbreak. Then to truly show Scrooge his mistakes in life over money of love, the Christmas spirit shows him a Christmas Eve several years later in which Belle is happily married to another man filled with love and family. This is yet another blow to the Ebenezer that just wants to go home. Then on the dot 2-am he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present-
The Ghost of Christmas Present 
This ghost is quite different that the last spirit, he is dress very much festive and is very tall. When he arrives the room is very bright full of Christmas cheer and food and gifts. that seem to surround him to the top of the ceiling. of Scrooges house. The Spirit of Christmas Present was the one to show Scrooge the whole city of Celebrations of the present here in London. Including his nephew Fred and the impoverished Cratchit family that is is an
The Ghost Spirit of the Present
Telling Scrooge the boy will die
if something is not done very soon
about his health!
employee at his business. Scrooge at this, point is both bewildered and touched by the loving and pure-hearted nature of his employee youngest son Tiny Tim-who is in very bad health, do to the health insurance Scrooge has not given Cratchit for his family. When Scrooge shows concern for the sickly Tiny Tim health, the ghostly spirit informs him that the boy will die unless something changes very soon. A revelation that deeply disturbs Scrooge. Then the spirit uses Scrooge's earlier
Ghost of Christmas Present 
words about 'DECREASING THE SURPLUS POPULATION', against him. The spirit then took him to a spooky graveyard. There the spirit produces two misshapen, sickly children he named Ignorance and Want. When Scrooged ask if they have anyone to care for them, the Christmas Spirit throws more of Scrooge's own words back in his face; "ARE THERE NO PRISONS, NO WORKHOUSE?'' 
Lastly the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come at 3-am
Ghost of the Future
This is when Scrooge is shown by the Ghost of the future what is to come one year later. Just as the previous spirit predicted, Tiny Tim has died; His father could not afford to give him the proper care on his small salary that Scrooge was paying him and he had no social health care to help either. The spirit also showed the scene that related to the death of a 'wretched old man'. His business associates snicker about how it's going to be a cheap funeral. Also, that all his possession were stolen and sold by his housekeeper, undertaker and laundress, and a young couple who owed the man money. They were relieved that he was dead, as they done have more time to pay off their debts. The Dark spirit then shows Scrooge the man's tombstone, which bore Scrooge's name. 
At this point,

Asking for forgiveness
Scrooge weeps over his own grave, begging the spirit for a second chance to change his ways, before awakening to find it was Christmas morning.
He immediately repents and becomes a model citizen of generosity and kindness; He visits Fred and accepts his earlier invitation to Christmas dinner, Gives Bob Cratchit a double-raise and becomes like an 'A SECOND FATHER' to Tiny Tim. As the final narration states, 
'Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed, and that was quite enough for him it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas wee if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  
This is the story of Charles Dickens and how Scrooge finally discovered the true meaning of Christmas. As Tiny Tim say's 

I hope that you enjoy the history and hope
the movies came about. I have always loved the 
Christmas Carol and I watch it every Christmas
Here is a few different version of the


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