The Infamy of the Revolution

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Throughout the series, it follows characters such as Jarvis Lorry, Alexandre Manette, Monsieur Defarge, Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay, and Sydney Carton, interweaving their lives together as they set forth into the French Revolution. Jarvis Lorry, the loyal old man who brings Lucie to her father, Alexandre Manette. Monsieur Defarge, torn between his past life as a faithful servant to Dr. Manette and to his role as one of the leading revolutionaries, living his life as a wine-shop keeper. Lucie Manette, beautiful and compassionate, playing her role as the golden thread. Charles Darnay, the handsome and innocent prisoner, surviving every bit by only chance and luck. Finally, Sydney Carton, the dismal twin of Darnay, battling his inner demons in order to find true peace. All who have dealt with the French Revolution’s transformation in becoming an extremely barbaric and uncontrollable war, having deviated from its original ideals, leading to the persecution of innocence. A Tale of Two Cities was based off these historical events and was written by Charles Dickens. In his novel, he cleverly portrayed the significant part of history through intricate yet simple uses of metaphors and symbols, leading to specific points in their theme and revealing his true opinion on war. Across the book, Dickens molds the symbolism of water, blue flies, and wine into a hidden representation of the inhumaneness in this bloodshed during the time period.
The creativity of water is found in various forms of A Tale of Two Cities, whether it be in a fountain, storm, or sea. It starts out as a sea, the brewing war clearly described by Dickens as he says, “...the living sea rose, wave on wave, depth on depth, and overflowed the city to that point. Alarm-bell...

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...atred over love, and the thought of good always triumphing over evil is proven when Miss Pross kills Mme Defarge.This thorough belief, that humans who forgot their humanity will always be capable of doing unspeakable things, is illustrated through Dickens’ rendition of the water, flies, and wine. In spite of that, Dickens also presents the natural theme that all bow down to, and that is that love will always prevail over hate, produced by Mme Defarge and carried out by the submission of the people. The hate of Madame Defarge shows that once it takes over, it is impossible to break without the knowledge of love. Miss Pross becomes the hero for killing Madame Defarge by her own act of love proving that such is true. Consequently so, it must be remembered that love will always triumph over hate and evil, and that evil is only caused when people forget their humanity.

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