What the Dickens?! A selfie-blog-post redux?
Reblogs don’t happen very often around here, but my next few posts aren’t quite ready for prime time, and so I thought I’d climb on the Christmas bandwagon and reprise this post from April. Back then, my readership was still small, so some of you may have missed it. As an examination of Life in Art, I hope that fellow writers will find it helpful.
A blog post by smilingldsgirl was the inspiration for this article. She comes to the rescue again, with her recent announcement of upcoming reviews of the many film adaptations of the classic Christmas story. My two favorites were the Reginald Owen version and the Mr. Magoo cartoon (in fact, two musical numbers from the latter production provided partial inspiration for scenes in Chapters 4 and 27 of Irish Firebrands).
Incidentally, the illustrations for this post were scanned from the copy of the book that I grew up reading.
As the author of a love story, and inspired by the question posed by smilingldsgirl: Never Fall in Love? I’ll begin by analyzing Dickens’s character, Ebenezer Scrooge, using the four Greek definitions of love: storge, eros, philia and agape.
Scrooge lost storge at an early age, upon his mother’s death and from his father’s emotional withdrawal, and later, upon the death of his younger sister (mother of his nephew, Fred). He also rejected the storge offered by his nephew. Scrooge retreated from eros when he failed to contract and consummate a marriage with the only woman in whom he’d ever had a romantic interest. He developed an anemic sort of philia with his sole business partner, Marley, who also predeceased him. Scrooge did not develop agape until he had the equivalent of a near-death experience, after which he also became a philanthropist…
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