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Analysis Of Excerpt From Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities

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In the excerpt provided from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, he provides and lacking description about his feelings toward the oncoming French revolution and how women function in that society. His language is vivid and paints a specific picture in the readers mind about the time and place of this story. However, his thoughts about the coming revolution are slightly unclear.
Dickens begins the passage by stating “Saint Antoine turned himself inside out ad sat on door-steps and window-ledges, and came to the corners of vile streets and courts, for a breath of air”. He is saying that the village of Saint Antoine is changing drastically. It was as if it went from summer to winter in the course of a few days. The change was not isolated to a certain part of the village but instead to all of it. The change in the village reflected his opinion on the revolution. It was a change that was coming regardless of what the peasants wanted. It seems as though Charles Dickens did not want the revolution to come around based on the start of this passage.
Dickens heightens the suspense in a few places in this excerpt. For example, “ Another darkness was closing in as surely, when the church bells, then ringing pleasantly in many an airy steeple over France, should be melted into thundering cannon, when the military drums should be beating to drown a wretched voice”. This demonstrates the change from the “normal” civilization to the new way of life that the peasants...

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