Tale Of Two Cities Satire Analysis

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Satire is a literary element that has been used for centuries by authors, comedians, and many other types of writers in order to convey their own opinion of a situation in a lighthearted way. Typically, authors use satire as a way to point out the flaws a situation has. Most audiences respond positively to this type of writing as they find it comedic or entertaining. Charles Dickens would often use satire to poke fun at different concepts happening in his novel A Tale of Two Cities, such as the justice system of France, ego of nobles, and personality of his characters, in order to emphasize his opinion on them and encourage the reader to realize what exactly in society needs to be changed. Throughout the novel, Dickens frequently uses satire in…show more content…
Jerry Cruncher is essentially a mercenary for Telson’s Bank, paid by the job. However, at night he digs up graves, which is the complete opposite of what an honest trade is supposed to be. After all, robbing a grave is dishonorable and disrespectful. He constantly lies about where he is going and what he is doing, which proves that he is a little less than truthful, despite how he acts towards people like Mr. Lorry. Charles Dickens uses satire in order to point out just how ridiculous it is that he claims to be an honest tradesman. He writes “ ‘And mind you!” said Mr. Cruncher. “No games to-morrow! If I, as a honest tradesman, succeed in providing a jinte of meat or two, none of your not touching of it, and sticking to bread. If I, as a honest tradesman, am able to provide a little beer, none of your declaring on water. When you go to Rome, do as Rome does. Rome will be a ugly customer to you, if you don’t. I’m your Rome, you know.’” (Dickens Bk 2 Ch 14) This quote is lightly poking fun at the fact that grave robbing is one of the most dishonorable trades out there. Jerry Cruncher is demanding some sort of respect that he does not deserve for
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