Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hypocrisy in A Christmas Carol?

Scrooge and Bob Cratchit illustrated by John L...
Scrooge and Bob Cratchit illustrated by John Leech in 1843 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ebeneezer Scrooge is a miserly, mean old man, and the perfect example of this is when he doesn't want to give his poor, hard-working employee, Bob Cratchit, the day off for Christmas.

After he sees the ghosts and has his epiphany, he insists on buying the biggest turkey the poultrymonger has, to provide the Cratchits with an amazing Christmas dinner. This is seen as a great example of how he's changed.

...Which means the poultrymonger is working on Christmas.

So, to recap: Bob Cratchit working Christmas is bad, and Scrooge is a miser.  Poultrymonger working Christmas is good, and Scrooge is generous.

I feel like there's a moral to that story somewhere.  Merry Christmas if you celebrate, and happy holiday-of-choice (or just Wednesday) otherwise.

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1 comment:

  1. But there is also the idea that the poultrymonger was working on Christmas regardless of Scrooge's desire for a large bird. Maybe giving the Poutrymonger a big sale made bills for the poultrymonger less of a problem leading to good things for the rest of the year. Just a thought.