Justified Killing in the Novel, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Would a mother do anything and everything to save her child? Would an average civilian help an innocent person whom they didn’t know if their life was in danger? Is everyone capable of killing under the right circumstances? This is one of the questions being analyzed during a unit on the Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities at Washington Community High School. Some staff members at this high school agree that every person is capable of killing another human or animal if the conditions suggest it. There is some evidence to propose that the opposite is true, yet the innocent, quiet people are just as capable as killing a person as anyone else. We see this occur in the book.

In any case, the innocent, quiet people are still just as capable as the ruthless, bold people, as we see in the story. In the novel, Madame Defarge initially seems like a mellow, humble woman who sits in her wine shop, constantly knitting. Later in the book, the reader learns that she is knitting a register of the names of people she wants exterminated by the revolutionaries. “Madame's resolute right hand was occupied with an axe, in place of the usual softer implements, and in her girdle were a pistol and a cruel knife” (Dickens 217). This quote was referring to her change in what she carries. She goes from carrying the needle and knitting supplies, to a pistol and a knife. The reader sees how she becomes more sinister, and eventually kills…
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