Oppression has always been prevalent throughout history, and as a response to this, the exploited often revolt, in turn, causing inciteful change. However, when the revolution only seeks revenge, it fosters more violence and creates a more oppressed society. The French Revolution while successful in the sense that it overthrew the government, has one dangerous aspect in common with oppression: violence. This revolution is depicted in A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, where the persecuted peasants of France start a rebellion to try and achieve revenge government. However, by using violence as the primary method to abolish the government and boasting about the dominance of the revolution through the Carmagnole, the revolutionaries discredit themselves. Inciting fear into the population and by attempting to fight their distraught state with violence, they are gradually turning from the oppressed to the oppressor. The people of the French revolution while fighting against an oppressive government do so in an unjust manner, in turn, delegitimizing the revolution revealing how violence is never the answer.
Throughout the passage, Dickens uses sorrowful syntax to indicate Sydney Carton’s acceptance of his wasteful life, and his subsequent sacrifice to fill it with meaning by recounting the legacy that he forged. Once described as a man who was going nowhere in his life (84), Carton is now portrayed as wanting to forfeit his life to make others happy. In the chapter, Dickens describes how Carton thinks that “...It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…” (347). Within the quote, Dickens uses rather emotional syntax to acknowledge how Carton feels about his past, wasted life. Furthermore, Dickens also uses praises like “It is a far, far better rest that I go to” (347), signifying that Carton acknowledges that the sacrifice
This is a great example of a literary device. It not only foreshadows the dark future that is going to happen, but it also ensure that the reader continue reading this book. As the earlier parts of the book has been found rather boring by many people, this half-spoiler keeps them riveted on the action that happen. This happens because the author made you connect with Rudy, and therefore creates this sense of dread that falls over the reader; thus creating an even richer scenario that that seems more realistic in the later chapters of the book. Not only that, but many people also consider this not only the most traumatic moment in the book, but when this book takes a turn from good to bad.
As W.H. Auden said “Those to whom evil is done/ Do evil in return” (Auden “September” 21-22). Similarly to Auden’s work on the effects of dictators, Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, shows the effects of one class having excessive wealth or power above another. Throughout the novel, Dickens demonstrates that when one estate has the excess power, they feel obligated to treat others inhumanely, as if they are irrelevant. However, when treated with the utmost disrespect, people will feel obliged not to change the system justly, but to change it in benefit for their personal revenge. Dickens shows his concern in any government in which one body has excessive power over another by sympathizing with the victims of the oppression.
Almost everything in life can be seen to have a counterpart, an opposite. This tendency is universal, whether it be the stereotypical roles of good cop and bad cop or Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. It also appears in literature, as many writers introduce topics or characters that contrast each other; they use juxtaposition. Charles Dickens is one of these many writers, as is seen in A Christmas Carol. The novella begins by introducing the protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge. He is an extremely wealthy, but selfish and gauche old man. Due to past experiences, his outlook on mankind and the world at large is jaded, and this is especially true on Christmas. While the rest of the world is preparing to celebrate he is instead reminded of everything
Larson uses juxtaposition in the description to contrast the works of Burnham 's architectural buildings and the start of Holmes criminal activities. He uses “bigger, taller, and richer” to show how the city was growing in technology, and how Burnham was constantly constructing taller buildings. As Chicago grew in size, Larson explains that it also “grew dirtier, darker, and more dangerous” because of the quick expansion that had a harsh impact on the city. He uses this to show how Holmes will take advantage of this rapid growth to begin his unlawful actions. The contrast between these two men and how they’ll have an effect on Chicago shows the good and evil sides of this
As you can see this novel is full of theme. Most of the book revolves around fear and what others think about other people. At the end it is important to believe in what you think and not what others think. Also, to achieve your own success and not to fill other's dreams and
In A Christmas Carol, Charles dickens relates themes of Christmas, loneliness and Family, to the overall Theme of Compassion. The book is set during the time of Christmas to symbolize generosity, selflessness and love. While it looks at the world from the eyes of an old, rich, grumpy man, whom is the exact opposite, and has yet to understand what it means to care for others. Dickens uses this character of Scrooge, to symbolize greed, selfishness and hatred that is found in a person and in a society. While he introduces other characters to represent the good that has surrounds him. Though set during Christmas, the story has a meaning that relates to people year round.
Good vs. evil. Reason vs. instinct. Civilization vs. savagery. These are all examples of internal battles that occur within oneself and which can lead to horrifying consequences. In William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys find themselves stranded on an island, after a plane crash. Without any adult supervision or guidance, the boys are forced to systematically establish a firm set of rules and duties, in order to coexist on the island. At first everyone, is glad to be assigned their tasks and fulfill the needed requirements to survive. However, things soon turn for the worst, when one by one the boys begin to succumb to the evil within them. With the quick deterioration of societal rules, the boys turn on one another and participate in
Fate can be determined by good or evil. In the story “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury, the two boys Will and Jim wrestle with this concept. In their friendship Jim represents evil, while Will represents good. They must work together to bring out the best for both of them and save their friendship. The theme of good vs evil is shown in the significance of personal choices in questions of good and evil.
As humans people naturally become more independent with their lives. Growing up, people move away from their parents, and any bonds that once sustained from the past slowly diminishes. However, the past does affect ones future, and some attachments are so deeply woven inside the fibers of beings that moving on seems nearly impossible. In the novel A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens, Dicken uses Doctor Alexandre Manette inconsistent character development to suggest that self realization is the only way to overcome a crisis, which express that all people should rely on themselves rather than search for others in order to achieve recovery.
“Today I choose life, every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” - (Kevyn Aucoin). In the book, Christmas Carol happiness is one idea that beautifully connects each theme in the story together. Set in the Victorian era (1837-1901) Charles Dickens creates a character named, Ebenezer Scrooge who navigates through some this era. In the book, the themes that are carefully connected with the idea happiness are social injustice, Scrooge’s transformation, and childhood innocence. Social injustice represents how poor
Duality is an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something. The author, Charles Dickens, uses duality throughout the fictional novel, A Tale of Two Cities, to bring characters who would be thought of as polar opposites together. Dickens begins the novel by says, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times"(3). The author begins the book with the quote to show the duality straight away because best and worst are opposite of eachother. Such as when the discovery of the main characters in England and France are all somehow tied together. In the novel Charles Dickens uses the repetitions of the motifs light and darkness to show the duality of the two characters Lucie Manette Darnay and Madame Defarge.
In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens tells the story in the perspective of a young boy growing up in England during the Victorian Era. Philip “Pip” Pirrip is the protagonist, where we discover his life experiences and expectations through his narration. Pip’s sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband, Mr. Joe, greatly influence his childhood. He meets many people later on who teaches him that not everyone will be happy and what it really means to have “great expectations”. Through Pip’s journey, Dickens suggests that happiness becomes achievable if one learns to accept and fix their flaws.
Lucie is a very loving, caring and gentle person. In the year 1775, Jarvis Lorry, an English businessman and an old acquaintance of Alexander Manette, informs Lucie Manette that her father is still alive and was released from prison. She is absolutely shocked when she hears the news because she thought her father was dead her whole life.They then go to France together to go bring back her father. When they enter the room her father is in, Dickens makes it evident how loving, caring, and gentle Lucie is, by saying, "With the tears streaming down her face , she put her two hands to her lips, and kissed them to him; then