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by Thomas Carlyle

This work centers on the oppression of the poor during the time before the revolution. The work is three volumes

Keywords: history, prose epic, drama

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Carlyle's Allusions to the Brazen Serpent in "Hudson's Statue"
"In The French Revolution Carlyle makes a characteristic satirical use of the biblical episode of the brazen serpent for France's representative assembly: "The States-General, created and conflated by the passionate effort of the whole Nation, is there as a thing high and lifted up. Hope, jubilating, cries aloud that it will prove a miraculous Brazen Serpent in the Wildemess; whereon whosoever looks, with faith and obedience, shall be healed of all woes and serpent bites" (2.151). Carlyle employs all these elements of the original type when he explains with a characteristic blend of wry irony and sympathy that the EstatesGeneral will prove, if nothing else, "a symbolic Banner" around which the "exasperated complaining Twenty-five Millions, otherwise isolated and without power, may rally, and work -- what it is in them to work. If battle must be the work, as one cannot help expecting, then it shall be a battle-banner' (2.151)."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Landow, George
From: Victorian Web

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