Pursuit of Revenge in a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Because of the social and political ways of the aristocracy, tensions rose throughout France. This hostility between the peasants and the aristocrats started the French Revolution in 1789. Sixty years later, Charles Dickens wrote his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, in pieces. Dickens wonderfully portrays this war with his flawless imagery and reoccurring themes. One of his many themes throughout his novel is the theme of revenge. Dickens beautifully supports the theme of revenge through his clever symbols such as the candles during the burning of the château, birds of fine song and feather, and knitting. Symbolizing the unity and support for the revolution, the candles placed in the windows during the château fire is one way Dickens supports …show more content…
The candles, which represents revenge, there are many more examples. Dicken’s symbolism of the birds of fine song and feather is a second example of revenge and accurately represents the aristocracy during the French Revolution. Illustrating this symbolism, Dickens writes, “…but, the times was not come yet; and every wind that blew over France shook the rags of the scarecrows in vain, for the birds, fine of song and feather, took no warning” (23). In this quote, there are two symbols. The first symbol is the birds of fine song and feather, where the birds are the aristocrats, their song is their voices, and their feathers are the showy clothing they wear. The second symbol is the scarecrows and their rags, where the scarecrows represent the peasants and the rags represent their torn, raggedy clothing. To translate this quote, the aristocracy has no idea what is coming, while the peasants know about the upcoming war to revenge the aristocrats. One of the main people that keeps up with the upcoming revolution is Madame Defarge, who is a major supporter of the rebellion and recruits other to her side bases on their actions and answers. Madame Defarge asks the mender of the roads, “’And if you were shown a flock of birds, unable to fly, and were set upon them to strip them of their feathers for your own advantage, you would set upon the birds of the finest feathers, would you not?’” (134). Madame Defarge is
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