Tiny Tim asks his father, “Can a man be brave if he’s afraid?’
“That’s the only time he can be brave. Some wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word— fear cuts deeper than swords. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
Christmas is coming. It is known. Ebenezer Scrooge sits counting his money while surrounding villagers starve. His attitude is simple, “A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.
Tiny Tim asks his Uncle Scrooge to share Christmas Eve with him and his family. Scrooge refuses the invitation and retires to his bed. Suddenly ominous noises are heard and Scrooge sees the specter of an old employee, Jacob Marley—“The night is dark and full of terrors”.
Jacob Marley is one of three ghosts to visit Scrooge this night. The first is Jacob, the Ghost of Christmas Past, who cautions Scrooge to change his miserly ways. “Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.” Scrooge is afraid, but not yet convinced, and thinks, “the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”
This might have been true in previous situations, but Scrooge had taken the meaning as a selfish quest. As the second ghost appears, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ebenezer is shown the Cratchit family and how happy they are, even though poverty stricken. This ghost cautions Scrooge further: “Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the third and final ghost to appear to Scrooge. “You know nothing, Ebenezer Scrooge” and shows Scrooge what it will be like if he doesn’t change. “The world is overflowing with horrible things, but they’re all a tray of cakes next to death.” Scrooge sees death for him and through his bad treatment of Bob Cratchit, the death of Tiny Tim. Finally his mind begins to soften.
On Christmas Day Scrooge awakes from the ghostly nightmares and decides to share his wealth. He joins the Cratchit family and Tiny Tim ends this tale by saying “God bless us, everyone”.