Think Again, Scrooge
I've seen different adaptations of the movie version of A Christmas Carol, and I've never especially liked Scrooge. I never even found him justified in keeping his money or being mean in the movie version, but by just reading the first part of the story, I found myself thinking, "maybe he was right to keep at least some of his money." He may be selfish, and really people should give back to those who are less fortunate, but when I saw that Scrooge's life wasn't the picture perfect lifestyle that I had originally envisioned, I felt sorry for him.
"At one of these a lonely boy was reading near a feeble fire; and Scrooge sat down upon a form, and wept to see his poor forgotten self as he used to be" (Dickens).
It didn't seem like Scrooge was very happy at the place he was staying, until his sister arrives to take him back home a couple Christmases later. Then soon after, the reader sees that he becomes an apprentice and has to work hard. Sure, his life wasn't the hardest, but he wasn't born with riches. He had to earn them, and I think that that plays a huge role in why Scrooge has probably been hoarding his money. He just needed a little reminder to give some of it back to the community, which is what the three ghosts end up doing. In the end though, I didn't expect to find myself sympathizing with Scrooge.