Winston Scrooge is a combination of two characters in literature that have had a powerful impact upon me. The first is Winston Smith from George Orwell’s novel 1984. To me Winston Smith personifies the dark aspects of the ego and its chief weapon shame. He lived a solitary life, afraid that he was being constantly watched and judged by forces too powerful to resist openly. Always hanging over his head dangled the possibility of extreme punishment and so he buried his Self and lived in a world of fear, repressed rage and passive aggression. The second character is Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. Scrooge also lived a solitary life in many ways similar to Winston Smith however his prison was a world of his own making and thus he possessed the keys to escape. I believe both characters provide insight into the dark world that the ego constructs out of shame. Winston Smith describes the inescapable, overpowering aspect that shame presents itself to be. Scrooge describes a hope for reclamation.