Getting Scrooged: A Character Analysis

Were you one of those kids who used to watch a movie when you had a book report due and fake your way through the assignment just to make sure you didn’t fail English? This blog celebrates you! Movie Madness is starting a December tradition: The character analysis.

Unlike those dull book reports of old, this blog looks at versions of classic tales – with a twist here and there – to take a look at the psyche of a well-known fictional figure each year. To keep things traditional for the first crack at things, I picked a Christmas miser to analyze: Ebenezer Scrooge.

Made famous by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, interpretations of Scrooge are superfluous. His grumble, “Bah, humbug,” still insinuates a general disgust for all things Christmas; but it is the transformation of this cantankerous crank that lives on in films, on television, and in the theater.

This month, leading up to Christmas, we’ll take a look at some takes on this Scrooge guy, from the classic to the spinoffs, and see what we can deduce about the mental makeup of Scrooge.

Got some ideas for who I should look at next December? Post your thoughts in the comments!

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