Unfortunately, the old saying “Timing is everything!
” is particularly relevant in your case, as motion pictures are still half a century away.
The narrative often touches on these questions: What constitutes a real life? Its answer: to be human is to love-and to love, as Dickens knew the Scriptures taught, not with mere words, but in concrete actions (see, e.g., 1 John ). ." Fred's language indicates that, for Dickens, generosity involves more than the giving of money.
As Marley's Ghost tells Scrooge, our spirits must "walk abroad," among our fellow human beings, doing what acts of love we can. when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely . It requires the giving of one's goodwill and compassion.
Our primary issue is its preposterous main premise. Dickens, that you did not intend to submit this manuscript to our humor publishing subsidiary?
We will grant that readers may indeed be willing to accept the idea of four omnipotent ghosts returning to Earth to do good for the betterment of mankind. Furthermore, though we respect your sincere attempt to present the public with an uplifting, enduring yuletide classic, we feel any positive message your literary work may convey would ultimately be overshadowed by its extension of the waning popularity of plum pudding at Christmas.
Given this background, readers may consider A Christmas Carol to be an extended meditation on and illustration of one of Jesus' central moral teachings, as recorded in the New Testament: "For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? Scrooge has pursued the wealth of "the whole world" for his whole life-but, as his ghostly encounters prove, Scrooge's real life is in grave danger.
And while details surrounding Marley's Ghost (e.g., the hot breeze stirring his hair) suggest that Scrooge's eternal life is jeopardized, the whole of A Christmas Carol emphasizes the importance and urgency of a life-giving, life-changing engagement with our fellow human beings (not, one notes, the adherence or lack thereof to "orthodox" religious doctrine! The book leaves its readers with the understanding that Scrooge-and, by extension, we ourselves-ought to be more concerned with the quality of our lives here and now.
Generosity of Spirit Scrooge's nephew Fred first sounds this theme when he praises Christmas as "the only time . Throughout A Christmas Carol, the examples we see of generosity are more about the spirit in which something is given than the thing itself-from the schoolmaster's offer of food and wine to young Scrooge and Fan, or the modest but joyful celebration sponsored by Mr. Fezziwig, or even Fred's offer of assistance to a bereaved Bob Cratchit in a future that does not come to pass: as Bob says, "Now it wasn't for the sake of anything [Fred] might be able to do for us, so much as for his kind way, that this was quite delightful" (Stave Four, emphasis added).
And, of course, the Ghost of Christmas Present, with his cornucopia-like torch, is generosity personified.