Members of the working class are needy that they will do anything to obtain food for their families, but the nobility are gluttonous, having plenty to eat and drink. The prosperous do not care for the helpless since they are stubborn, and they require the servants to wear fashionable apparel in order to eliminate any ... ... middle of paper ... ...he nobility. The members of the lower class are slowly becoming cold-blooded like the aristocrats, who took everything away from the destitute, and became known for manslaughter. Thus, the revolutionaries had obtained the fortune of the officials by overtaking the authority of the government and killing the aristocratic class. In conclusion, the motif of alcohol used by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities predicted the atrocity that was initiated by the rebellion of the laborers to gain equivalence in France.
This however, is much more significant than it would first appear. Outside of a wine-shop, a wine cask is broken in the street. Many people rush around the puddle on the ground trying to scoop it up and drink as much as they can. Dickens describes the rush to the spilled wine by saying "The people within reach had suspended their business, or their idleness to run to the spot and drink the wine... some men kneeled down, made scoops with their two hands joined and sipped."(Dickens 27). This goes to show how desperate the people are.
Sara Constantakis says, “Hindley is shown to be far gone in alcoholism. He continues to act sadistically toward Heathcliff, who bears the bad treatment because the intense joy he finds in private moments stolen with Cathy” (2). When he becomes an alcoholic and unaware of his financial needs, this leads him to be desperate and damaged. Essentially, he loses all of his money and any care that he has about anything due to his addiction of frivolous gambling, which ultimately leads him to lose his sovereignty. What Hindley loses more than money and more than his care for anything, is his son; Hareton.
When the theme of inhumanity is used to really show the peoples mindset and logic behind all the madness that was happening, Dickens perfectly represented the theme with the uses of the fountain, mill, and shadow. Overall, the quotes Dickens presented helped grasp the tragedy and the struggles of the people during the Revolution. Works Cited A Tale of Two Cities book
It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes...Those who had been greedy with staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth...The time was to come when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there” (Dickens 21- 22). This quote is from the beginning of the novel when a wine-cask fell off of a truck, which was driving along the streets of Paris, and shattered. The streets were covered in wine and the peasant scrambled ferociously to drink it off the streets. During this scene, Dickens shows the desperation of the peasants in their hunger and thirst. The peasants soak up the wine from the ground in order to get even the smallest amount of it.
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.
“Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear.” (III, iv, 80-81) Seeing the ghost of Banquo is the breaking point for Macbeth. The ghost also causes him to think more irrationally which leads to the murder of Macduff. Also, after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is full of regret and guilt. The voices he hears reflect his mental state. “Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!” (II, ii, 35) His innocence was killed and he knows that he has to live with this guilt for the rest of his life, hence Macbeth will never sleep peacefully ever again.
Dickens’ s first use of imagery sets the scene in France before the Revolution and gives the reader a glimpse into the hard and desperate lives of the peasants, and the extraordinarily opposite lives of the cruel, unforgiving nobles. This is first portrayed through a scene where a wine cask is dropped and broken in the streets of one of the most wanting towns, St Antoine. The peasants and all those standing around “suspended their business, or their idleness, to run to the spot and drink the wine,” (Dickens 20). The common people of this town are so anguished that they rush and willingly drink every drop of wine up off the filthy streets. Even though the peasants are barely able to get any wine, it still brin... ... middle of paper ... ... confirms what the reader believes: that these people do not deserve to die.
The disturbed prince was baffled by his friend's report and was unconvinced,... ... middle of paper ... ...) Laertes also falls revealing that the rapier was poisoned also and that their lives would be no more in less than an hour. He blames Claudius for the entire predicament and proclaims that he is justly slain by his own treachery. The enraged Hamlet irrepressibly stabs the king, as he forces him to drink the wine that was ironically intended to slay Hamlet. They all die as Horatio is told to remain to tell the tale of everything that's happened. The prince of Fortinbras arrives to visit Claudius as he finds everyone scattered lifeless and takes over the throne of Denmark.
‘A Tale of Two Cities’ deals with such themes as overthrowing the aristocracy and the influence that rich have over poor. These themes, although placed in the context of France in the Nineteenth Century, were still relevant in England over one hundred years later, and, in fact, today. Even in our present day, we can relate to these atrocities as there are... ... middle of paper ... ...ur country, comparing it to such a time of terror and unrest in France would hit home, forcing political leaders to take note and act upon Dickens’ caution. By raising the profile of such an atrocity that he believes could occur in Britain, he inspired citizens to do anything within their power to prevent it. Even in the Twenty-First century, we can still learn from Dickens’ novel and also do what is in our power to end poverty, wars and racism.