Tale Of Two Cities Women Analysis

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Who Run the World? Girls!: The Role of Women in A Tale of Two Cities Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag- you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’ historical fiction novel taking place during the French Revolution, women play important and powerful roles. Throughout the novel, female characters are used to comfort and inspire other characters to make changes in their lives, help Dickens expand the messages he wishes to tell in this story, and show the differences between the poor and rich of French society. Without the female characters, this book would not have the impact it does on readers. To begin with, Dickens uses female characters to comfort the characters during times of hardship and inspire them to make changes. This is most obviously seen in the character of Lucie Manette, daughter of Dr. Alexandre Manette. Lucie is a kind, motherly woman who is described as being “... the golden thread…show more content…
In the chapter “Monseigneur in Town”, Monseigneur, a powerful French noble, holds a party at his home. At the beginning of time, Dickens describes a group of people that are surrounded by luxury and wealth and care little about what goes on outside of their circles. The way he describes the women at this party is pogenet: “... the spies among the assembled devotees of Monseigneur… would have found it hard to discover… one solitary wife, who, in her manners and appearance, owned to being a Mother. Indeed, except for the mere act of bringing a troublesome creature into this world—which does not go far towards the realisation of the name of mother—there was no such thing known to the fashion. Peasant women kept the unfashionable babies close, and brought them up, and charming grandmammas of sixty dressed and supped as at twenty.” (Dickens
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