A Christmas Carol

What are some possible reasons Dickens chose to have the Spirit of the Future share some features with the Grim Reaper?

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I think that Dickens uses some effective foreshadowing should Scrooge not mend his ways. The dark spirit is a final ominous warning to Scrooge. The spirit does not talk. Any promises Scrooge makes ring hollow until he shows his change in action and deed.