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Fate Dictates Outcomes Essay

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The French Revolution was a time when many people sacrificed their lives for their beliefs. As the French Revolution moved on, more people joined the movement and risked their lives. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set during this time. Many people who sacrificed their lives for the Revolution felt like it was their fate to do this. This idea of fate is described many times in Dickens’ novel to magnify the story. The theme of fate is prevalent in the novel through the lives of many characters. This theme is used to show how a person is unable to escape their fate because it is already decided. The metaphors and symbols in the novel are greatly used to contribute to the ...view middle of the document...

The metaphor of the fountain and water represents the theme of fate many times during Dickens’ novel. He says, “The water of the fountain ran, the swift river ran, the day ran into evening, so much life in the city ran into death according to rule…all things ran their course” (85). Water represents life, and when the water stops flowing, it means death. All things in France “ran their course”; no mater what, everything in life would turn out the way it was supposed to turn out. The flow of water is impossible to change or alter, like fate. Later in the novel, it mentions the Defarge’s wine-shop, “A whirlwind of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge’s wine-shop, and every human in the cauldron has a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex” (165). The “boiling waters” indicate that death could be near, especially near the Defarge’s because the Defarge’s are planning the revolution with weapons and plans to kill. The Defarge’s are the ones who are able to determine a person’s fate because of their plans to kill and Mme. Defarge’s hit list. The ongoing theme of fate is shown very well throughout the novel through the metaphor of the fountain and can lastly be shown through the metaphor of the wine.
The metaphor of wine in the novel is also able to symbolize the theme of fate throughout the novel. In the beginning of the story a wine cask is spilled all over the streets near the wine-shop and many peasants are licking the wine off of the ground. The novel says, “The time was to come when that wine was to be spilled on the street-stones and when the stain of it would be red upon many there” (21-22). The peasants drinking the wine live a very sad life, and although...

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