Mob Mentality In A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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Mob mentality is the idea that when a big group of people are together they loose their sense of individualism and moral constraints to follow blindly what they are told. During the French Revolution mobs were highly prevalent as many of the population were starving, poor, and angry. In A Tale of Two Cities the author, Charles Dickens criticizes mobs by showing how dangerous they can be in many scenes.
The first instance of a mob like scene in A Tale of Two Cities is on pages 41-43 when the wine casket is broken on the ground showing the animalistic nature of the crowd. People stopped what they were doing and rushed to the wine to get as much as they could from the ground. Dickens notes that the wine “had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet” (42). This shows the animalistic nature of the mob with the red smeared over their bodies like blood. Here Dickens also shows how dangerous mobs are by the fact that after all of the wine has been soaked up the “demonstrations ceased, as suddenly as they had broken out” (42). This shows how quickly the mass of people can go back to what they were doing after a violent scene and its hints to the even more violent acts that a group of people will do.
When a funeral procession passed Tellsons bank Cruncher was watching the possession and Dickens uses this to prepare the reader for the mob violence at the end of this book. When Cruncher asks somebody who the procession is even for he has to ask three people before one can answer that it is the funeral for Roger Cly, a spy. This shows how most of the mob is just following blindly and Dickens is telling the reader really how dangerous it is because the people have no idea why they are even acting this way. All of the shopkeepers closed their shops “for a crowd in those times stopped at nothing, and was a monster much dreaded” (208). The mob also is...

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