13 Facts About Ebenezer Scrooge


Ebenezer Scrooge is the protagonist of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.

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At the beginning of the novella, Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas.

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Ebenezer Scrooge refuses his nephew Fred's invitation to Christmas dinner and denounces him as a fool for celebrating Christmas.

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Night, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by Marley's ghost, who is condemned to walk the world forever bound in chains as punishment for his greed and inhumanity in life.

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Ebenezer Scrooge is then visited by the first spirit, The Ghost of Christmas Past, who shows Ebenezer Scrooge visions of his early life.

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Ebenezer Scrooge then apprenticed at the warehouse of a jovial and generous master, Mr Fezziwig.

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Ebenezer Scrooge fell in love with a young woman named Belle and proposed marriage, but gradually his love for Belle was overwhelmed by his love for money.

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The present-day Ebenezer Scrooge reacts to these memories with a mixture of nostalgia and deep regret.

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Ebenezer Scrooge asks this spirit if this future can still be changed, but the spirit does not reply.

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Ebenezer Scrooge then begs this spirit for another chance, promising to change his ways – and wakes up in his bed on Christmas Day.

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Overjoyed, Ebenezer Scrooge commits to being more generous and compassionate; he accepts his nephew's invitation to Christmas dinner, provides for Cratchit and his family, and donates to the charity fund.

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Ebenezer Scrooge was buried in Canongate Kirkyard, with a gravestone that is lost.

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Peter Ackroyd, Dickens's biographer, sees similarities between Ebenezer Scrooge and the title character of Martin Chuzzlewit, although the latter is "a more fantastic image" than the former; Ackroyd observes that Chuzzlewit's transformation to a charitable man is parallel to that of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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