One of the most memorable characters around the Christmas season is that of Ebenezer Scrooge. He was introduced to us in 1843 in a novella, A Christmas Carol. Written by Charles Dickens, Scrooge is quickly defined in the first stave:
“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.“
There have been over 35 theatrical adaptations of the novella, as well as 22 films (does not include films based on the novella), 12 radio broadcasts, and 2 operas.
Some of the most memorable Scrooges are:
George C. Scott in the 1984 TV movie A Christmas Carol
Bill Murray in Scrooged
Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol
Audiences seemed drawn to this character as he displays many qualities we can see within ourselves at some point in life. It gives us hope that we too can transform and overcome these obstacles and become more caring, thoughtful individuals. What are some of your favorite Scrooge films? What have you learned from them? What character do you most associate with?