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Tale Of Two Cities Revenge

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Humanity is a spectrum. There is no one person who is unequivocally bad or good. Every individual is ambiguous, and merely has the strength of their character and the choices they make. In some cases, these choices are influences by external factors that push fundamentally good individuals to commit deplorable acts. One of the most interesting of these factors is the concept of revenge, and the lengths to which humans will go in its pursuit. Throughout A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens is deliberate in his portrayal of the deleterious effect that a desire for revenge can have on even the most unimpeachable of characters, especially in the lives of Dr. Manette, Madam Defarge, and Gaspard. The case of Dr. Alexandre Manette in regard to revenge…show more content…
Charles Defarge harbors resentment for the aristocracy and wants revenge against the disservice that they do to the common people, as he grew up impoverished in a small town in France. This hatred can be seen in the scene in which he interacts with the Marquis, when he throws the golden coin back in the face of the embodiment of the nobility he so despises. It is this desire for revenge that leads Mr. Defarge to become a leader of the Revolution, heading the charge to storm the Bastille and leading the group of Jacques. It is common knowledge that revolution is bloody business, and Mr. Defarge has no qualms spilling blood. In several points in the book, he is willing to compromise his morals to further the ends of the revolution, even displaying Dr. Manette in his most frazzled state to the Jacques to inspire passion for the revolution. Despite this clear ethical ambiguity, he is something of a sympathetic revolutionary; Mr. Defarge is unwilling to cross some lines that don’t even exist in the mind of his wife. At one point in the book, Defarge speaks to this idea: "Well, well," reasoned Defarge, "but one must stop somewhere. After all, the question is still where?” His wife’s reply is merely: “At extermination.” A Tale of Two Cities is a classic piece that explores many motifs through the lives of the characters it involves. The consequences of the desire for revenge and how it introduces ambiguity to the lives of Dr. Manette, Madam Defarge, and Mr. Defarge are masterfully played out in this literary work, in such a way that gives warning and hope at the same time. The message is clear: we are all human, and we are all in control. To what extent we allow the desire for revenge to control us is entirely in our
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