The Ah-ha an Epiphany Page

Welcome to the Ah-ha an Epiphany page, every once in a while people tend to have an epiphany and this page is exactly what that is meant for. I shall be picking quotes by the characters or statements by the 3rd person, and then explaining either what it means or an idea of what it might be about, that many of you may not have thought of. First of all, many of you may not even know what an epiphany is. So, according to dictionary.com, an epiphany is, "A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience." Hope that helps you!

Quote 1

"External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he; no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often 'came down' handsomely, and Scrooge never did." (3)

As I read this quote, two things jumped at me. As S.E Hinton’s writing style was using symbolism, was Charles Dickens style of writing using visual scenery to give his characters personality away. Another interesting fact I noticed was that the words “came down” were quoted, does this word have a special meaning, does it have a deeper meaning, maybe it symbolizes something or is it just there to describe the way they felt.

When reading this I realized Charles Dickens uses scenery to explain the mood of the story. In this statement I feel Charles Dickens is showing us the true darkness of such a man like Scrooge. He used many different types of cold weather and compared it to Scrooge, letting us know that however cold it may be Scrooge can stand it. In perspective it means no one meaner, colder, evil or arrogant could compare against Scrooge as he was the coldest, meanest, arrogant, unloving, solitary man you could ever meet and that the coldest of weather or people would seem warm when compared to him.

Furthermore when studying the writing style of Charles Dickens some may ask why there is a quotation mark around the words “came down.” In my perspective I feel that it has no further meaning other than a way to write how these forms of precipitation fall to the ground. However it may be used to explain a deeper meaning th at when snow falls it looks beautiful, however cold it may be, but with a man like Scrooge there is no beauty there is only bitterness and hatred.


Quote 2

"It was strange, too, that while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older. Scrooge had observed this change, but never spoke of it, until they left a children's Twelfth Night party, when, looking at the Spirit as they stood together in an open place, he noticed that its hair was gray.

'Are all spirits' lives so short?' asked Scrooge.

'My life upon this globe is very brief,' replied the Ghost. 'It ends to-night.'

'To-night!' cried Scrooge

'To-night at midnight. Hark. The time is drawing near.'”

As I read this quote, I wondered why these Ghosts have such short lives. When comparing Scrooge's life to the Ghost of Christmas Present, you could see a significant difference, repetitively asking why this occurred I came upon an Epiphany. I think The Ghost of Christmas Present's life is so short because when it arrives on the globe it has a purpose, a task at hand which he must complete and his time on Earth must be his time limit. After he accomplishes the task at hand, he has no other purpose on Earth, and therefore is not needed.

This could have been incorporated within the book, to convey a sad mood or maybe Dickens may have wanted to speed up the story. He may have used this scene to help speed up the story, as it says 'To-night at midnight. Hark. The time is drawing near,' this seems to look like a transition from the quote to the next paragraph. The next paragraph starts to talk about Ignorance and Want, and it further moves into the Ghost leaving.


Question 1

Why was the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come so silent and Mysterious?

I feel the answer to this question, is that Dickens is trying to show you a mood through imagery. Silence may show the grim of the future, silence could represent the feelings of freight, like in scary movies where a person will be alone and there is total silence, the viewers seemed to be frightened by the silence of the scene because they know something bad will happen. Silence can also represent death, as the Spirit allowed Scrooge the death of himself and Tiny Tim. Furthermore the mysteriousness of the Spirit can also show the mysteriousness of Scrooges future as what the Spirit is showing Scrooge is not necessarily going to happen, if Scrooge can change none of what the Spirit revealed to him will occur.



Quote 3

"SCROOGE was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old City knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world."


As I read this quote, I realized that a small act of kindness can truly change the world. If Scrooge were to live his life the way he did before the visit of the three ghosts, then poor Tiny Tim would not have lived, not only that, Scrooge would also end up like Marley. I believe this story had a moral, one small act can change someones life, may it be for the better or worse. In the case of Scrooge his miraculous change of attitude benefited Tiny Tim, allowing him to live a long healthy life. Another realization that occurred to me was the last sentence in the quote compared Tiny Tim to Scrooge, explaining how good of a person they both became to be. The last sentence also shows the new characteristics of Scrooge, a caring, kind, loyal, kindhearted and charitable man.