A Christmas Carol

how would you characterize scrooge in stave 3 and what is a symbol for it?

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Scrooge has seen the past and now he must witness the misery he has been ignoring. Scrooge is caught between guilt and apprehension. I think that a great symbol for this chapter is when Scrooge sees under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present, two children, whose names show that they are symbols: Ignorance and want. They are your standard impoverished Dickensian children; they are ragged in clothes, dirty and starving. They are symbols of Scrooge's greed and indifference.