A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a novel set during the time of the French Revolution in England and France. The Revolution is a time of great danger and constant change. Dickens’ novel expresses the theme of fate through metaphors in many different ways. These metaphors connect the fates of Dickens’ characters that are intertwined in some way whether they are aware of how they are connected or not. Charles Dickens illustrates to his readers that fate is predetermined as shown through the metaphor of water, echoing footsteps, and knitting of the registry. The fates of Gaspard, the Marquis, and Madame Defarge are foreshadowed by the metaphor of water. This metaphor is best described by Dickens when he says, “The water of the fountain ran, the swift river ran, the day ran into evening, so much life in the city ran into death according to rule, time and tide wait for no man, the rats were sleeping close together in their dark holes again, the Fancy Ball was lighted up at supper, all things ran their course.” (85). The water of the fountain that is running in Saint Antione represents fate, and nothing can stop fate from running its course because it is impossible to escape. Even if one attempted to change his or her fate, the end result will remain the same, even if how one gets there is a little different than originally intended. Water is an excellent representation of fate because it can always find a way to get through nooks or cracks to get where it is supposed
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