During the French Revolution, there were many controversies between the peasants and the aristocracy. In A Tale Of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, most of the peasants are revolutionaries fighting against their nobility. Dickens’ use of imagery throughout the novel tries to sway the reader’s opinions about the peasants. Charles Dickens depicts the French Revolution well with the images of the novel as well as the tone he uses. Throughout the novel, Dickens illustrates through his imagery how the peasants change from poor, secretive, and then on to vicious.
The French Revolution, which occurred in the late 1700’s was a period in history marked by violence and cruelty among classes. In the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens powerfully depicts the cruelty of French society during this time of struggle. Throughout the novel, Dickens illustrates the theme of cruelty and inhumanity of men to their fellow countryman in France. This theme grows with each chapter and each brutal event in the novel. Dickens effectively develops the theme of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man in A Tale of Two Cities by showing various acts of cruelty including, the horrific murder of Old Foulon by the villagers, the extremes that the Revolutionaries take in killing innocent nobles, and the noble Evrémonde family’s careless and harmful treatment of a peasant family.
Throughout the entire novel, Dickens uses imagery to sway the readers’ sentimentality and sympathies for the cause of the rebellion in the beginning of the book, the rise of the peasant class in the middle of the book, and the revolution scenes at the end to make sense. In the beginning of the novel, the French Revolution is just an idea waiting to be put into action. The peasantry class during this time period is poor, worn down, and oppressed by the French Aristocracy. The aristocrats have taxed the peasants relentlessly and left them to die of starvation. Dickens tells us, “The mill which had worked them down, was the mill that grinds young people old… and ploughed into every furrow of age and coming up afresh, was the sign, Hunger” (Dickens 22).
Through hunger, want, etc. being personified and compared to nobles through language such as “nobles” and “lords”, Dickens shows the extent of the suffering of the peasants, their deserving to be pitied, and the human nobles’ apathy towards them. The peasants of Saint Antoine suffer in the 1770s, and the town’s name is made into a play on words with “saintly presence”, with the cloud of cold, dirt, sickness, ignorance, and want looming forming the imagery of irony. Another description of the peasants’ plight is revealed in the quote saying, “Ploughed into every furrow of age and coming up afresh, was the sign Hunger. It was prevalent everywhere...Hunger was the inscription on th... ... middle of paper ... ...reader feel empathy for even the book’s villainess, and he succeeds.
Dickens’ satire and use of irony and humour throughout the novel describes the charitable institutions as places that breed corruption, inhumanity, and alienation. The treatment Oliver received is a prime example of this. In Dickens’ time society’s failure to recognize these problems destroyed the lives of many innocent children. Dickens highlights these problems extremely effectively throughout his novel using various literary techniques such as irony, satire and humour and also uses his characters to represent such corrupt institutions. By exploring the problems of the past, perhaps we will be more capable of identifying the downfalls that may arise in the institutions of our time.
in R... ... middle of paper ... ...lass people who live there. The gothic horror is eminent because it demonstrates how such a large court case can impact the average person. Naming the novel in this manner reminds the audience every time they think about the novel that the court system in the novel impacts those who are ordinary as well. In essence, Dickens artfully uses several types of language to portray the evils of the Victorian court system through the Chancery Court in Bleak House. Though political language aims to “ .
Occurring in the late 1700’s in France, The French Revolution was a time of great emotion, ferocity, tribulation, and passion during which the peasants were treated completely unfairly by the egotistical and self-serving aristocratic class. Dickens captures this period beautifully in his brilliant and iconic novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Massive bloodshed brought on by the rebelling of the peasants against their oppressors dominated this era. People were not sure whether life was getting better or worse, but things were definitely changing all around. Dickens’ excellent uses of the metaphors of scarecrows and birds of fine song and feather, knitting, and noble prisoners in La Force greatly contribute to the theme of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man.
The French Revolution was a period of social and political uprisings in France from 1789 to 1799, which is when the novel A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens takes place. The French Revolution marked the decline of powerful monarchies and the rise of democracy and nationalism. As it is said in the first sentence of the novel, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. During the extensive period of time during the conflicts of the revolution, every man is fighting for themselves. Due to this state of helplessness and solitude of the men in the revolution, many symbols in the novel were concocted and displayed to demonstrate a specific and powerful theme.
The time preceding and following the French Revolution was not only an era of change, but also a time of deceit and suspicion in England and France. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens thoroughly illustrates through symbols what every stage of the French Revolution looked like from the point of view of revolutionaries, aristocrats, and bystanders. The events that caused the changes in France were acts of injustice towards the peasant class. However, when the Revolution began, the revolutionaries started treating the aristocrats inhumanely. Blue flies, knitting, the shadow, and the grindstone are the symbols that best portray the theme of man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man in A Tale of Two Cities.
In the book, the poor townspeople from the suburb called Saint Antoine are among the many French peasants to revolt against the Marquis and all the aristocrats, but this is only the beginning of their revenge. Dickens uses the symbols of a whirlpool, a storm, and a sea, to portray the building of anger in the peasants, which drives them to seek revenge. The whirlpool represents the building of emotions that forms a vortex, which sucks everyone in, in order to get revenge. In the book, Dickens writes about the whirlpool saying, “The whirlpool of boiling waters has a center point, so, all this raging circled around the Defarge’s wine shop”(Dickens 165). The Defarges are the leaders of the St. Antoine revolution, and their wine shop is the center of it.