Odysseus outsmarted Polyphêmos, by using wine and its effects to trick the Kyklopes. Odysseus stated, “My moment was at hand, and I went forward, holding an ivy bowl of my dark drink, looking up, saying: ‘Kyklopes, try some wine. Here’s liquor to wash down your scraps of men’” (9.380). ... ... middle of paper ... ...ings. Helen, for example, used a potion to change the feelings of guests at her house, “But now it entered Helen’s mind to drop into the wine that they were drinking an anodyne, mild magic of forgetfulness.
Unlike Carlyle, he can no longer see justice in the violence" (53). Moreover, it is Dickens's novel, rather than Carlyle's history, which is responsible for the popular image of the French Revolution in England in our century, not least due to the popularity of A Tale of Two Cities on film and television. The most famous adaptation of the novel is the 1935 MGM production, directed by Jack Conway. The film capitalised particularly on scenes depicting the revolutionary mob: the film critic Derek Winnert describes it as "a wildly extravagant production" with "17000 extras in the Paris street scenes" (1009). The novel was again filmed in 1958 by the British director Ralph Thomas.
The novel a Tale of Two Cities is an extravagant story filled with action, revenge, and love. The remarkable writer Charles Dickens is the author of this novel, which fills the readers with suspense, mystery, happiness, and sadness. Dickens sets his novel during the controversial times of the French Revolution, 1789-1799. Dickens draws in his readers by using metaphors and clues to slowly unfold the mysteries of all the complex characters he portrays. The metaphors that are used, stand as symbols of the themes of the story.
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.
The lack of relationships is troubling. There is no love and in fact there are no female characters. The emotions are greed and animosity, jealousy and disgust. There is no life in this play. The play is unnatural.
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England in the year 1812 to a fairly large family. He was the second of eight children in a family that dealt with many financial issues (Info). In order to reduce living expenses, his father, John, a clerk in a payroll office for the navy, moved the family to a smaller house when Charles was only four months
The book Les Misèrables tells of Hugo’s life, and of France in the early 1800’s while telling a tale of change, conflicts between classes, and justice. Hugo wanted this book to be as our government is for us, for the people by the people. Victor Hugo was born in 1802 in Besancon, France. Hugo was a novelist, poet, political activist, and painter. It is because of this that Victor Hugo was a central figure and leader in the Romantic movement of France in the nineteenth-century.
When these later events occur, I think Dickens feels that these people are acting very harshly even though they have suffered tremendously. In the Wine-Shop scene, Dickens makes use of simile to express his attitude toward the situation. “The accident has happened in getting it out of a cart; the cask had tumbled out with a run, the hoops had burst, and it lay on the stones just outside the door of the wine-shop, shattered like a walnut-shell (Dickens 27). The use of this simile describes how violently the cask tore open, foreshadowing to the tremendous spill of the wine itself. Dickens also uses juxtaposition to explain the wine gathering done by the peasants.
Which truly was an accurate description from opposing points of view. On one hand, the nobles lived lavishly while everyone else lived in poverty (French Revolution 978). This opening statement also reflects the range of emotions when peasants went from the oppressed to powerful. Dickens places Dr. Manette, a recently released prisoner of 18 years, in Monsieur Defarge’s wine-shop in the Parisian suburb Saint Antoine where an accident occurs. As people are moving barrels of wine into the shop one of the barrels falls, explodes, and spills wine all over the street.
I walked over and grabbed his collar. “Let’s go, shall we? Seems both of our luck has changed today, shame for you that it’s me who’s got cause to drink champagne now, eh?” I dragged him over to the bar and gulped down his second untouched glass. “And you know what Rufus; this stuff tastes so much better when you’ve earned it.” I dragged him out of the bar. The weather was still lousy, the mist was still thick, but the taste of champagne on my tongue, now that made up for all of it.