A Christmas Carol is an ideal movie for anyone wanting to witness what some people experience throughout the holidays. The movie is set in England, and it accounts for some of the most crucial years in the world, the early to mid-1800s. This was a time of change, especially in England. A Christmas Carol overlooks the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, as Scrooge is played by the actor Alastair Sim, and the film was released December 2, 1951. The emphasis of the movie is when Scrooge gets a call, or illusion, from three ghosts. It is up to the viewer to find out what each of these ghosts illustrate as it might raise personal advocacy to some and impact the viewer’s opinion on life. The viewer might be surprised how A Christmas Carol is different from other movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Story as it demonstrates a not so jolly Christmas. The author Charles Dickens was eighteen-years of age when he first published a book. Dickens came from a large family, with quite a modest upbringing. He earned the status and respect that came upon his name, as he was an achieved author. A Christmas Carol was also a book, based on one of the many novels that the author wrote. The movie has been redone, including a version that is not in black and white. The best way to review A Christmas Carol is by breaking the following paragraphs into the visions that Ebenezer Scrooge witnessed, and also the events that took place in England during this time.
The dull set of the movie illustrates the mood of the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, and how he was affected by his past. Not only was this the mood for Scrooge, but also a glimpse into the moods of many of the unemployed laborers in England during the Industrial Revolution. For many, seasonal events just seem more of a dread than an enjoyable time with family, and that was the case for Scrooge. These lives often envision how other’s holidays are spent, and it seems to become a depressing time for many who have lost ones they were once close to. Scrooge has lost everyone including the almost love of his life, but he still has Fred, who is his nephew.
The first ghost takes Scrooge back to when he was a child. His father was a stern man, who seemed to lack heart. Scrooge was not the only one with a hunger for money, as the Industrial Revolution visited England during the 18th and 19th centuries. The cities became booming places as the population increased, but overcrowded and grimy conditions were created. The factory owners seemed to have established a craving for wealth, in which made non-pleasant conditions for the workers. Throughout this era were new developments, but instead of helping the economy, they just began to take away jobs for some people. These developments were great as they made improvement in the economy, but it created unemployment. The lack of laws being enforced caused abuse for the working families, and this did not become resolved for many years to come, perhaps 1938. Minimum wage was also established because of this unfair predicament.
The second ghost which appears to Ebenezer Scrooge is the present, or the realization of needs in the current economy. This is the process where change was taking place. Change was not only occurring in the situation for Scrooge, but also in the world he lived in. There became an idea that each person should be given opportunities, although it was thought a division in social standings was needed. This idea occurred during the Enlightenment, 1715-1789, and was in due thanks to John Locke and Adam Smith. A balance of power would not be simply fixed, and it would surely take time. This ghost also serves as a reminder to give back during the holidays, and not to be like the main character of the movie, Scrooge.
The third ghost which appears to Ebenezer Scrooge was of the future, or of the actual changes such as new laws protecting the working class. Scrooge visualizing himself as a dead man, without anyone weeping at the funeral, makes the man regretful of his past. In life, most will not receive a chance to redo the errors they have made. It is best to live with meaning and to make the most of the opportunities at hand. This is when equality was slowly becoming the new norm. Child labor laws were also coming into place. The new ideas that were created were important to the economy of England, and also to the world now, as transportation was also developed in this era. It was not the thought of development that was bad, it was the way the industry was treating the lives inside the factories.
In conclusion, Scrooge is just a representation of what the government and or the world is still like today. Although there have been several movements to create equality, there is still sovereignty. It is a simple immoral activity, where the poor become even more poor and the rich become even more wealthy. It is important to remember that everyone is equal no matter what the amount the pay check received says. It is time the world accepts that everyone is not from the same upbringing, but that they have a chance to earn their own achieved status, no matter where they are from.