A Christmas Carol is a short play written by Charles Dickens. It was published for the first time on 19th December 1843. One of the most popular Christmas stories of all times, it has since been adapted to theatre, opera, film, radio, and television, innumerable times. In the following lines, we provide you with the movie summary/script of 'A Christmas Carol'.
The story of 'A Christmas Carol' revolves around an old man, known as
Ebenezer Scrooge, who is an extreme miser. He does not believe in the
spirit of Christmas and his only concern is accumulation of wealth.
Nothing in this world is as dear to him as money. Scrooge's business
partner, Jacob Marley, has died and on this Christmas Eve, exactly seven
years have passed since his death. Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit,
are working on Christmas Eve also. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, comes to wish
him on Christmas, but Scrooge drives him away. Scrooge finally declares
the day off and comes back home.
The moment Scrooge enters his room, he sees the ghost of his dead
partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob warns Scrooge that if he doesn't mend his
attitude of miserliness and contempt for others, he would be subjected
to the fate of being a ghost and walking on earth, as an atonement of
his wrong ways. The ghost of Jacob also tells Scrooge that he will soon
be visited by three ghosts, who may become his last chance of escaping
from his brutal fate. Presuming the entire incident to be a
hallucination, Scrooge goes off to sleep.
Around midnight, the first spirit appears before Scrooge and introduces
himself as the Ghost of Christmas Past. With him, Scrooge travels back
to his past and witnesses some of the happiest and saddest moments of
his life, like the mistreatment by his father, the death of his sister,
etc. After seeing all this, Scrooge comes back to his room and falls
asleep. As the clock strikes one, he is visited by the second spirit,
the Ghost of Christmas Present. The spirit takes him to the house of Bob
Cratchit, who is celebrating Christmas with his family. The meager
celebrations of the family and the possibility of an early death of
Bob's crippled son, Tiny Tim, soften Scrooge's heart.
At the same time, the ghost shows him that Fred still nurses the hope
that his uncle's heart will change one day. The visitation comes to an
end and Scrooge comes back to his bed. Some time later, he is woken up
by the third spirit, the Ghost of the Christmas Yet to Come. This ghost
is very scary and is completely robed in black. This time Scrooge
witnesses the death of Tiny Tim as well as his own lonely death. This
makes Scrooge realize that he can change his own fate as well as that of
Tiny Tim by changing his attitude towards life. He comes back to his
room and vows to change himself completely. He becomes the generous,
kind-hearted soul he once was, before his sister died.
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