A Tale of Four Novels

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Charles Dickens once stated, "My faith in the people governing is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in the people is, on the whole, illimitable."(Fido 102), this is certainly reflected in A tale of two cities, which is a historical novel written by Dickens that outlines the events of the French Revolution through the story of a French aristocrat named Charles Darnay. Darnay is a Parisian aristocrat that renounces his aristocracy in order to pursue a new life in London where he falls in love with a woman by the name of Lucie Manette after escaping prosecution for treason due to the help of barrister named Sydney Carton. In Paris there is an uprising among the citizens known as the French Revolution, which is caused by the…show more content…
In Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest we see the struggle between the powerful and the powerless just as the citizens in A Tale of Two Cities struggle. We are witnesses to the absolute power of Nurse Ratched who controls all activities which happen in the ward. When Bromden and McMurphy first go to the disturbed ward the reader is introduced to the extent of Ratched’s power that reaches past her own ward and into the disturbed ward. The Disturbed Ward Nurse expresses her concern in response to McMurphy, who questions how long they can stay in the disturbed ward, by saying “Not very long. I’m afraid … No, you probably won’t be very long – I mean – like you are now." (Kesey 234). The Disturbed Ward Nurse, who wishes that she was able to keep the two patients in her care, expresses that she does not want to have to send patients back to Nurse Ratched as she knows the unfortunate fate they will endure. The extending power of Nurse Ratched is similar to that or the Marqui who states “Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend… will keep dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof… shuts out the sky.” (Dickens 146-147). As the Marquis expresses
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