December 6, 2012

BookWhore Book Club Week 6

Stave 5


1. Why is it important that Scrooge wanted his gift to the Cratchits to be anonymous?
 
2.  At the end of Stave Five, Scrooge does not mind that some people laugh at him for being generous. What does this attitude tell you about how deep his change of heart is?
 
3. Next week Cameron has on the schedule for us to watch a version of the Christmas Carol for the final discussion. What version are you selecting to watch?
 
 

10 comments:

  1. KBolt


    Thank guys for great questions again! I’m posting early rather than later since my days never quite pan out how I imagine!!

    1) For once SCrooge did something out of the goodness of his heart… He didn’t make people (The Cratchits) feel like they were beholden to him and this was huge. He wanted the act to speak for itself instead of his usual antics. Scrooge’s style had always been to make every thing feel like a favor or that the recipients were lucky to be graced with a paycheck or a door slammed in their face – and no more!

    2. He’s finally secure in his actions and himself. He knows where he is going because he has seen where he has been. He understands what it truly means to be kind, giving, and generous. It is better to be all of those things on a bad day then stingy and filled with loneliness on a good day. He can finally see that his actions can alter people’s lives and how important it is to ‘be’.

    3.I’m tied between the Disney version or the George C Scott version (1984). I just can’t make up my mind! Can’t wait to hear what others will be watching!

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  2. 1) Scrooge never did anything good for anyone before now and he didn’t need the credit from doing this good deed. He wanted the Cratchits to enjoy their meal without thinking that Scrooge wanted something in return from them.

    2) His change of heart towards people was for his own good and to make others happier. He wasn’t trying to prove himself to them and would have rather been laughed at then receive the future that could have been.

    3) I may watch the 1951 version or the Jim Carey Version depending on if I watch it with my daughter.

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    1. Hi Heather!

      I haven't seen the Jim Carey version! Maybe I'll switch to that one instead... I totally forgot about it. :)

      ~Karice

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    2. Oh! The Jim Carey version is good! But I thought it was a kids movie & it was kind of scarey....for them not me. :)

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  3. Hi Heather!

    I haven't seen the Jim Carey version! Maybe I'll switch to that one instead... I totally forgot about it. :)

    ~Karice

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  4. 1) just like above it was the first kind thing he did. I think he didn't want them to feel like they owed him.

    2) Scrooge has been living his life bitter and hateful. He lashed out at those kinder people and people pretty much feared him.I think having people laugh at his generosity is an impressive change to his alternative reactions from people.

    3) I'm going with Scrooged the Bill Murray one...its a new age twist but I LOVE it

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  5. 1 - I agree on all parts about the anonymity - and I think maybe he also wanted to feel a bit more humble (make the holiday celebration more about THEM).

    2 - He's no longer a crabby miser! He doesn't mind the laughing because he actually wants others to be happy now.

    3 - I think the Patrick Stewart version is one of my "newer" faves. I also LOVE the Muppets version, so that will be happening at some point this season. The Jim Carey one scared me too but it was really well done!

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  6. Yippee! A book club. I look forward to seeing the schedule for January. I did read A Christmas Carol and loved the novel myself. Enjoy your discussions.

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    1. We'd love to have you join us for next month. =^.^=

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  7. I know, I know, I'm late. This week flew by!

    1. I also agree with the anonymity towards it being the first kind thing he's ever done and not wanting them to feel beholden to him. I find it interesting that the ending of the book is almost nothing like the ending of the movies. I've seen endings where Scrooge goes to the Cratchits house for Christmas Dinner, and I've seen endings where he makes Bob his partner in business (not just a raise), but I don't think I've ever seen one end the day after like it does in the book.

    2. There are some folks in the world who will laugh at the idea of a person giving everything possible to those less well off than themselves. I think Scrooge realizes that those who laugh are those who in some ways think the way he use too, maybe not as strongly though. Could be he also doesn't mind because he realizes that he spent most of his life making people feel miserable and now he can make people smile and laugh, regardless of whether it is at his antics.

    3. I'm going to be watching one of my favorite versions again this year, which is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Can't wait to share my thoughts with you all and hear your thoughts about the version you decide to watch. ;D

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