A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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The Use of Opposites
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”. These were the wise words of John Steinbeck. In order for one to understand how good or bad something really is, one must first experience its exact opposite. In A Tale of Two Cities, the author Charles Dickens uses the device of opposite for similar reasons. A Tale of Two Cities follows the lives of Sydney Carton, Madame Defarge, Lucie Manette, Lucie Manette’s husband, Charles Darnay, and a few others who lived around the time of the French Revolution. These characters faced the consequences of a revolution, which was ubiquitous bloodshed, increased hunger, violent mobs, and a weak government. In order help readers understand the characters in the novel and what people were like during the French Revolution, Dickens uses the device of opposites by incorporating their direct opposites in the book and vice-versa in A Tale of Two Cities.
An example of the device of opposites used in A Tale of Two Cities is shown through Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge. In the book, Madame Defarge is portrayed as a remorseless, bloodthirsty French Revolutionary who has no regards for the safety of others and seeks revenge against the Evremonde brothers, along with Lucie Manette’s family. After the deaths of the Evremonde brothers, the ones who brutally murdered Madame Defarge’s sister and brother, Madame Defarge’s thirst for revenge has not quite been quenched, as she makes Lucie…
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