A Victorian businessman with no use for holiday cheer, Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is visited by the ghost of his long-dead partner. The spirit insists Scrooge still has “a chance and hope of escaping my fate,” if only he will change his ways. But when the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge what might have been, if only he’d treated his employees more kindly and generously in life, the old miser lashes out at the apparition and sends it away.
What is the plot of the story ?
The plot line involves Scrooge and his nephew Fred not having a very happy Christmas. This leads to Scrooge’s daughter Belle (Margaret Tyzack) giving him a change to change his ways or lose her and her children which begins from when Fred sees Scrooge kissing Belle’s ghost (who died on his wedding day).
Who is in the cast ? What role did each character portray ?
The cast include Alastair Sim , Kathleen Harrison , Mervyn Johns , Hermione Baddeley , John Le Mesurier , William Mervyn , Basil Jones and John Bryning . Alastair Sim played Ebenezer Scrooge . He played the role of a man who did not like Christmas at all. This is because he was not brought up in a warm family environment. His parents died when he was young and so he had to live with his sister, her husband and his nephew Fred. He worked as a clerk in his own business and did not know how to run it.
What are the difficulties they faced ?
One of the conflicts Alastair Sim had to face while playing the part of Ebenezer Scrooge was when his nephew Fred (Mervyn Johns) came to him and told him that he saw Scrooge kissing Belle (Hermione Baddeley) after she died. He did not want to believe his nephew and threw him out of his house but then later decided that what Fred saw might have been a dream. Another conflict was when his wife came home from the theatre to find him in his nightgown and a white wig on. She said, “I’ll be proud to know that that’s what you look like when you’re all dressed up.” This made him feel bad because he thought that the only thing he liked about Christmas was seeing the children gormlessly happy.
Who is the antagonist ? What are its motives ?
The antagonist of the story is Ebenezer Scrooge because he does not like the idea of Christmas at all. He does not want to enjoy Christmas even though he wants to have it with his family. The reason why Scrooge hates Christmas is because his father died when he was 6 years old and so he had to live with his sister, her husband, and her nephew Fred. His father liked to see everyone happy on Christmas day but Scrooge did not like it and so after a while they moved to another city where they lived alone, which made him feel very lonely.
What are the epic scenes ?
Scrooge tells three stories in the story that leads him to change his ways. In each of these stories, Scrooge learns a valuable lesson about morality and about changing for the better. The first story is about a man who was very mean and greedy as he thought that everyone else is as bad or worse than him. He looked down on other people as he refused to help them and hurt them even though they were poor people. After seeing this, Scrooge decided that he cannot look down on others no matter how poor or bad they are because everyone deserves to be treated better.
Who is the most loved character ?
The most loved character in the story is Tiny Tim (also played by Alastair Sim). He is a very nice little boy who has an illness which ruins his chances of living a full life. He knows that he will die and so he wants to look forward to Christmas as his last Christmas with his family. The part where Scrooge began to change was when Tim said, “God bless us everyone.”
Would you recommend watching this ?
I would definitely recommend watching this because I think it is a very good story and will make you feel something when you are watching it. I would recommend this to people who have recently watched “Oliver Twist” because Scrooge who helps Oliver is a lot like Oliver in “Oliver Twist”. Thanks for reading !
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