Call me a Scrooge! This play was not astonishing, but I do give credit to the delightful, enthusiastic cast for delivering such livelihood to this timeless classic, however. As they performed, we could ask ourselves many questions… What is the moral of the story? And, The controversial question of “do people change”? In addition, how does this story disclose the possible parallels between happiness and success, how can people negatively intertwine them, and how do we measure what happiness is? Ebenezer Scrooge examines his selfish ways, leading him to reflect and revitalize himself. He eventually realizes if he maintains his self-centered behaviour he will continue to not only cause distress to himself but constraint those around him as well; even beyond his grave. This implicates the importance of helping others, and the value of being a positive, contributing member of your community while you still have the ability. Furthermore, we also learn from Scrooge’s colleagues, family, and neighbours.
One of the main factors to Ebenezer’s redemption is how the people around him welcome his change of heart with open minds; they disregard his past mistakes and are optimistic towards his transformation. This teaches us to be adaptable, for if one is willing to admit to their wrongs and renew themselves, we should acknowledge their efforts with a second chance. People change. Through the encounter of the three ghosts, Scrooge connects to his past, realizing that his forgotten self-had been buried beneath his thirst for financial success, ultimately diminishing his once generous adolescence. Ebenezer begins to feel great remorse for his actions and is able to humble himself. He then begins to mend the wounds he cut into society’s impression, persuading them to give his evolved personality an opportunity to validate its positive change.
This demonstrates the sense of change the victimized people, who experienced Scrooge’s cruelty, had endured. One’s happiness all depends on their own ethical beliefs. Sometimes, people feel as if happiness can only be sought after if they’re wealthy, successful, or important, but who defines what the definition of wealth, success, and importance is? Everyone’s views on these matters are different; some believe happiness, wealth, success, and importance is all one thing, for if you have money, you are successful; and if you have success, you have importance; and if you have importance, you have happiness. This is not necessarily true, in fact, intertwining these terms can egotistically impact one, as we saw happen to Scrooge. He was a joyous young man whom everyone enjoyed the presence of, that is until his happiness interlaced with his subconscious need for success and wealth. Perchance, Scrooge wouldn’t have become such a bitter man if he had only realized he acquired a deeper meaning of happiness his financial gain could not fulfill. Ebenezer had an enormous package of happiness right on his front step, but his corporate greed prevented him from opening the door; if he had figured out he was already rich, not with money, but of love and friendship, perhaps he would’ve obtained his purity. Charles Dickens wanted people who read his story to realize you don’t need wealth to be happy, he demonstrated this with the Cratchit family, for they had next to nothing, yet they still found happiness and appreciated what they had; each other.
Whereas Scrooge sacrificed everything for money and his business, he had all that he wanted, but was still miserable. These are excellent examples of how different people measure happiness. The Cratchit family’s happiness embodies family. Scrooge’s happiness embodies wealth and success.
Everyone has a unique view of how happiness is measured. The Cratchits are a lower class family who values and finds happiness within the presence of one another; they aren’t consumed by the selfishness and need for wealth as Scrooge is. This family measures happiness through love. Ebenezer, however, relinquished all he had, family, friends, and his fiancee for a business.
Scrooge’s main focus was to make money. Once his wedding was called off and his business was flourishing, Scrooge shifted his focus completely to his financial well-being, and had no intent to maintain any future relationships, friendly nor romantic. Scrooge believes happiness is irrational, success and wealth are far more important.
In conclusion, ‘A Christmas Carol’ instills that reformation, transformation, and improvement can be achieved even in the most materialistic societies. We all must work hand in hand to establish positive communities and environments. If every individual can reconstruct themselves for the betterment of each other, gradually, we can improve our social surroundings. Everyone should be obliging and adaptable, for very few are willing to better themselves by restoring relationships with the people they have mistreated in the past.
This is why we ought to forgive, forget, move on from previous faults, and welcome people with open arms. We also must ensure we are living for our pasts, presents, and futures. Every day, we need to work towards being a better person than we were yesterday.
With our futures in mind, we cannot become too self-absorbed or consumed by wealth, for later down the road you may find that’s all you have left — money.