This scene points out how impoverished the people of Paris are and how rowdy a crowd can become when they are unified under a united cause. Later, we find find Madame Defarge symbolically knitting, what we come to find out to be, the death warrant of the St. Evremonde family. Madame Defarge was a very hateful character. She hated the upper-class and was never able to get past this hatred. Thus, she and her husband become leaders of the Jaquerie, a group that is planning the revolution.
Dickens has nothing but scorn for the high-handed behavior of the nobility, with their lack of faith, their selfishness, and their distance from reality. But Dickens’ all-seeing eye then rivets on the commoners, whom he likens to animals: “The rats had crept out of their holes to look on, and they remained looking on for hours.” But these qualities were also attributed to the Marquis who, denying the humanity of the poor, became subhuman and beastly himself. “A large cask of wine had been dropped and broken in the street ... . Some men kneeled down, made scoops with their two hands joined, and sipped ... Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women’s heads, which were squeezed dry into infants’ mouths.” The metaphor is well taken.
While many of these killings are led behind the scenes by Lady Macbeth, a cruel woman who would “have pluck 'd [her] nipple from [an infant’s] boneless gums, And dash 'd the brains out” (1.7. 57-58), Macbeth is ultimately the hand behind the knife and the money behind the assassin. Macbeth, raving mad with power and in fear of having the power taken from him, also hires assassins to kill Banquo, Fleance, and Macduff’s family. However, as self-fulfilling prophesies go, Macbeth’s rash, brazen slaughter of Macduff’s family ironically and inevitably led to his demise as Macduff vowed to avenge their deaths by attacking Dunsinane. Macbeth’s under-developed morals and impaired judgement result in his ability to create conflict through murder and ultimately drive him insane as he is overcome by guilt.
The overwhelming poverty that Sylvia (Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson" p.543) and Abner (William Faulkner, "Barn Burning" p.250) experience dooms them both to a life of self-destruction. Though from different worlds, Sylvia and Abner both experience hate, confusion, and anger because of their lowly positions in life. Instead of trying to better themselves, they choose to vent their dissatisfactions on others, and ignore the cause of the discriminations they face. Sylvia and Abner have both experienced a life full of hardships. Abner has a history of commiting crimes for a living, such as the time he spent stealing horses during the civil war.
Throughout history, man has always treated his peers inhumanely: making them inferior to him, treating them with disgust, standing by to watch them struggle, and slaughtering them. In his novel A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens brings to light a part of human nature that no one wants to discuss, a small fire in human nature burning for revenge and power. A small fire that humans, themselves, are ashamed of, yet cannot seem to find a way to quench. Works Cited Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities.
In A Tale of Two Cities there is much cruelty because of heart struck my hate, the scene of the guillotine the analogy of the blue flies and Madame Defarge’s hate led to many deaths. The guillotine beheaded many people at the joke of the peasants but expense of the aristocrat. The blue flies were also very avid in the quest for blood and last but not least the hate Madame Defarge has towards the upper class. In A Tale of Two Cities there are many examples of mans’ inhumanity towards fellow man. This book shows us we should learn from the past.
Never, if Saint Antoine knew his own sufferings, insults, and wrongs! Armed men and woman flocked out the Quarter so fast, and drew even these l... ... middle of paper ... ... a person in a lower class than themselves. The villagers of St. Antoine killing Old Foulon, the acts of the Revolutionaries, and the Evrémonde family’s treatment of the peasant boy and his family display Dickens’ theme of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow countryman. This theme depicts the persistent cruelty leading to and during the French Revolution in the late 18th century. The events demonstrate that the cruelty was not just from the Revolutionaries or just from the nobles, but from all classes.
The characters in the story have to drive through this depressed area every time that they go to the city. The Valley of Ashes represents, in a very visual way, the results of the rich people’s reckless and impetuous lifestyle. It also shows the struggles of the poor and how the men who live among the ashes lose their strength and will. A defining event occurs in the Valley of Ashes that draws attention to the moral failures of the characters in the story. When Gatsby and Daisy run over Myrtle and kill her they just drive away and prete... ... middle of paper ... ...another man is not frowned upon too much by most of her peers, like Nick and Jordan.
The peasants want the royals to suffer for the utter hypocrisy and indifference shown toward them. They would never settle, and they want every royal dead. Eventually, the people of the Bastille surrendered, the peasants overwhelmingly defeating the guards there. As Dickens describes it, “Suddenly the seas... ... middle of paper ... ...on,’ said Madame” (263). She wants total extermination of an entire race.
Madame Defarge knits just as the Moirae and the Parcae weave, spinning fate and playing their own game of revenge. The knitting symbolizes the Revolution through the repetitive, common motion of something far from regular, and also symbolizes, along with Madame Defarge, the revenge that took place throughout the entire novel. Though knitting seems an extremely ordinary task, it has been filled with symbolism and death, just as France, though usually a calm ordinary city filled, one day, with the chaos of death.