The Republic One And Indivisible Of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Or Death?

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Before the French Revolution occurred, France was dominated by the aristocrats who treated those of the lower class as no more than dirt under their feet. The outcome of their brutality resulted in the starving and oppressed citizens of France instigating an all-out rebellion. “The Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death,” is a phrase which fueled the French Revolution. The phrase reflected the intent of the revolutionaries, which was to form a republic where everyone was free, equal, and bound by the bonds of brotherhood, which not even death could break. While their intentions may have seemed noble in the beginning, the outcome certainly was not. Resulting in utter chaos, their so called republic soon became anarchy. Generally considered as one of the greatest novels of all time, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens displays the Irony of the revolutionary phrase, “The Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death.”
The intent of the French Revolution was to form a Republic. Republic is defined as “a government in which supreme power rests in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to the law (Webster’s dictionary).” While a Republic was the initial plan, it was never attained. The Revolution grew out of control and extremely soon anarchy reigned. When the rebels overthrow their former government it becomes clear that they want nothing to do with government. “A Tale of Two Cities” shows that good intentions without morals or a real plan will never create the desired outcome.
In addition the French people desired liberty. Liberty is defined as “the quality or...

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... to imprisonment and being executed on the Guillotine later on. A bloodthirsty kangaroo court soon ruled, putting to death many of its own people. The people enjoyed seeing each-other put to death at least until it was them riding the cart to the Guillotine. While it was death that began the revolution it was death that brought its downfall.
“The Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death,” a phrase, which seemed noble at the time, but in the end achieved the exact opposite of its intended results. Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” shows how desperate and foolish the French Revolution really was. Using irony to perfection Dickens proves that a cause without morals is bound to fail and helps no one. “A Tale of Two Cities” is written with such an eloquence and realism which makes it truly one of the greatest novels in history.

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