An analysis of the tale of two cities

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One theme involves revenge; the evil effects of revenge bring out one's bad side. Gaspard: A peasant whose son is run over and killed by the Marquis St. Dickens' descriptions of the harsh punishments given for minor offenses in both France and England connects the two regimes and serves as an implicit warning to Dickens' fellow countrymen that a bloody revolution is the result of wrongs done in the name of the people.

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This death sentence provides the pretext for the novel's climax. Under scrutiny Cruncher admits that the sights of the bloody revolution in Paris have convinced him that such an occupation is immoral and he resolves to give up the practice.

Alexandre Manette : Lucie's father; when the book opens, he has just been released after a ghastly 18 years as a prisoner in the Bastille. He did this, for the simple reason that he gave his promise, many months ago.

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Darkness represents uncertainty, fear, and peril. Lucie Manette is the light, as represented literally by her name; and Madame Defarge is darkness.

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Darkness represents uncertainty, fear, and peril. Lorry rides to Dover; it is dark in the prisons; dark shadows follow Madame Defarge; dark, gloomy doldrums disturb Dr. It is evident from here that Dickens believed that good would always win over bad. Jerry Cruncher, for instance, considers his nocturnal occupation a viable source of income to provide for his hungry family but Mr. When introduced, he is a hard-drinking cynic, having watched Stryver advance while never taking advantage of his own considerable gifts: Dickens writes that the sun rose "upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible to the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away. He faults the law for not seeking reform: "Whatever is, is right" is the dictum of the Old Bailey. In France, a boy is sentenced to have his hands removed and be burned alive, only because he did not kneel down in the rain before a parade of monks passing some fifty yards away. Madame Defarge was going to kill out of hate and revenge, but she got killed because of the love Ms. After the wedding, we see how much Lucie means to Dr Manette in his return to cobbling shoes. Some of his characters, notably Madame Defarge, have no limit to their vengeance for crimes against them. He was a spokesman for Aestheticism, the late19th-century movement in England that advocated art for art's sake.
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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Analysis