Scrooge's Miserly Past Theory

Scrooge's Miserly Past Theory

A fascinating fan theory explores the origins of Ebenezer Scrooge's miserly behavior in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." While the story was published in 1843, Scrooge is depicted as an elderly man. By doing some math, it's suggested that he was born around 1783, which places him in his early 20s during the Napoleonic Wars, which raged from 1803 to 1815.

The theory posits that the tumultuous backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars could have deeply influenced Scrooge. During this period, Britain faced severe economic hardship due to trade embargoes, pushing many into poverty. Scrooge, as a young man trying to make his way during these trying times, might have developed a fear of poverty and developed the habits of scrimping and saving to ensure his own well-being.

The theory goes further to suggest that this fear of poverty could explain Scrooge's lack of family and strained relationships, as he may have been hesitant to have children and expose them to potential hardship. His miserly tendencies stem from this fear of returning to the hardships of his youth, making him relate to countless others who have endured tough times.

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