A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is another of his social criticisms. With the character of the parsimonious curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, Dickens points to the terrible social prison of his time in which the disadvantaged poor moved, one that afforded only the choice between starvation and crime. He also pointed to the difficulties of interpersonal relations with people. These conflicts arise from Scrooge's initial refusal to change; for instance, Scrooge continues in his criticisms against his nephew Fred and is unforgiving of his marriage and untouched by Fred's charitable overtures to have Christmas Dinner with him.
So resistant is he to changing his heartless and stingy ways, that Scrooges's dead partner's ghost appears to conduct him to places which will produce a tremendous effect upon Mr. Scrooge, a spiritual awakening, so to speak. After his experiences with the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, Scrooge perceives the errors of his ways, and he strives to renumerate Bob Cratchitt by buying things for Tiny Tim, and he goes to Fred's house on Christmas.