Violent Attributes of the French Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dicken

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These violent attributes of the Revolution pushed the inherent goodness in people to a breaking point and at times resulted in their poor choices and uncharacteristic deeds. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens shows foils between the rich and the poor, explaining the lengths people will go to undermine the stress of the Revolution.
In A Tale of Two Cities, the Monseigneur symbolizes a very rich and powerful man. Dickens portrays this symbolism through the Monseigneur eating his chocolate making reference that the rich were not wanting and had most all of their needs met (108). In these times the rich were indeed rich and the poor followed suit. “Men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women’s heads” (32). These two examples of consumption compare by being complete opposites. The Aristocracy feels they are above others and live a high life without any care for those the common folk and their ways of life. While this is occurring the poor are starving and experience a little luxury when they get their hands on a trickle of spilt wine from the road.
Dickens portrays vast differences in the lifestyles of the rich and the poor; the rich obviously are given more leeway with the way their country is run. For example, Monseigneur the Marquis, with his carriage, ran over a…
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