A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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“A Tale of Two Cities” written by Charles Dickens is well known as a cautionary tale, that portends us to take heed to oppression leading to anarchy, or how a struggle for justice can turn into an insatiable thirst for revenge, and even the most innocent of things can be turned wicked.
The peasants of France spent most of their lives impoverished and tormented by the aristocrats of their time. As a result of this nefarious behavior, thus the French Revolution came into play. On the other hand, what exactly did these aristocrats do to cause a revolution turned anarchy? First with old Foulon, “Does everybody here recall old Foulon, who told the famished people that they might eat grass, and who died, and went to Hell?” (Dickens 235). Foulon was a government minister who made this statement when asked about the peasants and what should be done with them. Consequently, he was hanged and killed during the revolution. Secondly, the Marquis St. Evremonde who accidently ran over Gaspard’s son had shown no concern for the dead child but more for a mere animal. “…that you people cannot take care of yourselves and your children …How do I know what injury you have done my horses? …” (Dickens 115). However, this behavior was not unusual from the Evremonde’s or for that matter the peasants, and it was not just by the aristocrats that they were abused by. Grief stricken by the death of his child, Gaspard goes so far as to kill the Marquis St. Evremonde. Later, the news is revealed of Gaspard’s fate, while the people try to appeal to the court, Gaspard was charged with parricide and was punished in a most brutal way “On the top of the gallows is fixed the knife, blade upwards, with its point in the air. He is hanged there fort feet high- and is left hanging, poisoning the water.” (Dickens 180). Proving not only aristocrats, but even the “justice system” failed to...

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