A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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The French Revolution was a period of social and political disorder that began on July 14, 1789 when the Revolutionaries attacked the Bastille. The Revolution was caused by the social injustice that the rich aristocrats put against the poor peasants. A Tale of Two Cities, was written by Charles Dickens in 1859 and was mainly based in London and Paris leading up to the French Revolution. In the story Dickens makes many references throughout the book about the struggles of the French Revolution. He uses words with different meanings and symbols to represent the themes and ideas of the Revolution. Throughout A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens uses symbols like the mill, the fountain, and the ...view middle of the document...

For example, when the book says, “The water of the fountain ran, the swift river ran, the day ran into evening, so much life in the city ran into death according to rule, time and tide waited for no man, the rats were sleeping close together, in their dark holes again...all things ran their course” (85). This quote is comparing the water in the fountain, the river running in to evening and life in the city to death and that everything ran their course. Dickens make this accurate because the fountain symbolizes death and that time waits for no man. It is later said that, “The fountain in the village flowed unseen and unheard, and the fountain at the chateau dropped unseen and unheard --- both melting away, like the three minutes that were falling from the spring of Time --- through three dark hours” (97). The “fountain” is really describing Gaspard right before he kills the Marquis after his carriage ran over and killed his son. The Marquis was a cruel aristocrat who didn’t care for the less fortunate and often called them “common dogs”. After he killed Gaspard’s son he throws him a coin out of his carriage as if it would please him and help him get over the death of his child. Dickens representation of the fountain represents the life and death of everyone in the story.
Finally, the symbol of the shadow shows the darkness that some characters had and brought to the story. For example, “The shadow attendant on Madame Defarge and her party seemed to fall so threatening and dark on the child, that her mother instinctively kneeled on the ground beside her, and held her to her breast....on both the mother and the child” (207). This...

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