That the difference manifests as a deeply unpleasant, sneering and even villainous character tells the reader a great deal about how Dickens perceives this selective disengagement from the world.
As the critique by Moncrieff (2007) notes, this disengagement is not just a story about a single man's disengagement.
This connection is not accidental and neither is the distance that Scrooge feels from other people.
According to Moncrieff, Dickens wrote with the intent to bring the element of human relationships into a discussion on the vast distance between rich and poor.
Scrooge laments, "What else can I be,' returned the uncle, 'when I live in such a world of fools as this? If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, 'every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. In this way, we can see that Scrooge does define himself according to his relationships with others, but in a decidedly negative way.
His conception of the world and its inhabitants as foolish and deserving of ridicule serves to isolate the man in a way that he can't totally perceive but that he does experience.Pity is the kindest emotion: 'I am sorry for him.' This comes from Fred, Scrooge's nephew and the only person who never loses faith in him." (Moncrieff, p.3) This observation is as important for what it says about Dickens and his view on Victorian society as it does about the character of Scrooge himself.Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge: Relationships and Redemption Few stories have been retold or achieved such great cultural familiarity as has Charles Dickens' 1843 novel A Christmas Carol.Perhaps the reason for its success and permanence is its thematic universality.To the contrary, Dickens channeled much of his personal experience and the economic struggles endured by his family into a highly allegorical narrative.Scrooge's wealth is equally as important and defining as is his misery.This is perfectly captured in the opening exchange with his nephew, whom he regards with hostility for what he perceives as an inexplicably cheerful demeanor.Scrooge should be described as nothing less than hateful toward those around him, remarking that the poor people in his family and his employ should have no reason for joy in light of their struggles.In its central character, readers are given a figure with a dramatically stunted way of relating to other human begins and yet one who is destined for redemption.This is the narrative thrust that drives A Christmas Carol, with the evolution of Ebenezer Scrooge from wealthy, miserly hermit to enlightened giver centering entirely on the way that he perceived other people and the way that other people perceived him.