Mr. Scrooge’s Policy Regarding Signs and Banners

Scrooge and Marley employed the use of signs and banners to convey the name of their firm in Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol.” The sign itself according to the story read “Scrooge and Marley” and Mr. Scrooge refused to remove the name Marley even seven years after Mr. Marley died. “Time will erase it at no cost to us,” Mr. Scrooge said in the TNT movie version staring Patrick Stewart playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. I do not recall if he uttered this line in the actual book itself but it is an apt line either way because it adequately demonstrates Mr. Scrooges dispassion and stinginess at the same time.

During the course of the story Mr. Scrooge undergoes a transformation. It begins with the visit of his dead ex-partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. Jacob Marley arrives to warn Scrooge that he must change his ways in order to avoid the fate that he (Jacob Marley) was enduring. Specifically, he lived a spectral and fettered existence roaming the earth with regret. Jacob Marley also warned Mr. Scrooge that he would receive three additional visitors that night. They were to be (1) The Ghost of Christmas Past, (2) The Ghost of Christmas Present, and (3) The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Each ghostly visitor had a different lesson for Mr. Scrooge to learn. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed Mr. Scrooge the events in his life that caused him to become the man he became. The Ghost of Christmas Present showed Mr. Scrooge all the love and joy he was missing as a result of his present state. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come showed Mr. Scrooge the sad and frightening future consequences he would endure as a result of not changing his ways. The story does not discuss whether Mr. Scrooge changed his policy regarding signs and banners after his experiences on Christmas Eve.