Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserly main character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, first
published in 1843. He is probably one of the most well known misers in literary history, and has
become, over time, a symbol for transformation of the spirit. He is a cruel and mean old man who
works as a moneylender in London. Scrooge has no appreciation for fun and kindness, seeing it as a
waste, and is hated by everyone else due to his nature. He has a particular hatred of Christmas (and
the holiday season, in general), being the time of kindness and giving.