The Past Influences the Present and the Future
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens opens with the isolation of Scrooge from humanity. As the story progresses, he begins to attach to people through memories and makes a transition from isolation to caring about others. His interaction with spirits enables him to see the past and the present to make him become a better person in the future. Dickens chose to use ghosts because they shape the past life because people who forget history are likely to repeat it.
Charles Dickens uses ghosts in his book to represent the past. Ghosts are the spirits of the dead that appear to the living. Just like ghosts, the past is gone although we experience the consequences of past actions. Dickens uses ghosts to represent choices that Scrooge made over the years. The Ghost of Christmas past depicts the events that shaped Scrooge’s life while growing up. His present is shaped by his progression of emotions as he learns that his choices in the past have contributed to his present life. “Spirit,” said Scrooge, “show me no more! Conduct me home. Why do you delight to torture me?” (Dickens 41). The first ghost that appears to Scrooge is that of Marley and shows his deep regrets for all the wrong choices he has made. He comes to warn his friend, helping him illuminate light on his past to lead a better future.
Those who forget history are bound to repeat it. A constant reminder of what happened in the past is important. Subsequently, it is imperative to understand that the past is gone, but the future is yet to come. Remembering the past enables one to trace steps and point out the shortcomings and eventually develop solutions that could be used in the future in the event such a situation arise again. Scrooge is not able to change his past, but he certainly changed his future by being kinder and more considerate to the people around him. “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevere in, they must lead,” Said Scrooge, “But if the courses are departed from, the ends will change (Dickens 82). If he had not looked back into his past, then he would not have foreseen the dreadful future that lay ahead of him, and he would have changed his ways.
Each man’s life is to a certain degree influenced by his experiences or events. Most times people do not take, the time to look into their past to see what has shaped their lives and this can be dangerous to how the present or the future unfolds. Scrooge had been tortured by his past all his life, and that made him isolate himself from the world. It was only after facing his difficult past and accepting it that he was able to become a better man and move forward. Therefore, events from the past carry so much weight when it comes to the present and the future. Scrooge is offered redemption at the end of the normal, which he graciously accepts. He is taken through his past, shown his present and given a peek into his future, which is bleak. Finally, he gets a chance to transform his ways, and he does showing that a peek into the past can change the present and the future for the best.
In conclusion, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens explores the life of Scrooge who lives a life of isolation. However, Christmas hosts show him his past, which enables him to transform into a better man in the present and in the future. Evidently, people who forget the pat are likely to repeat the same mistakes.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.