A Christmas Carol
Last week, a group of sixth-grade students read an adaptation of A Christmas Carol: a new version of the story with Scrooge portrayed as a woman.
“At the beginning of the story, Scrooge is greedy and does not care about others. When young, she did not marry the man she loved because she cared about money more than him. Now, she is rude, mean, and interrupts Cratchit every time he tries to talk. She also walks through an alley of people in need without even looking at them.
“At the end of the story, Scrooge is different: she has become kinder. She doubles Cratchit’s salary and helps his family in need. In addition, she wants to celebrate Christmas, so she eats dinner with her niece. She also gives a gift of money to a young boy.
“Why does Scrooge change? She changes because she realizes the sins of her past and realizes how wrong she was to not marry the man she loved. She realizes the sins of her present and realizes how wrong she has been to treat Cratchit so cruelly. She sees her future – sees her dead body – and realizes there will be nobody to mourn her when she dies. She sees how she has been, and she changes.” – Harshaan