The French Revolution was a time of despair when everyone doubted his or her fate. A Tale of Two Cities is a book by Charles Dickens about the disaster of the French Revolution. The French Revolution caused many people to become depressed because of the situations they faced. This fate was inevitable and no one escaped it. Fate is a very important theme that is reflected by the metaphors of the sea, the golden thread, and echoing footsteps.
Fate continues forever though rough and clear waters as does the sea. The revolution was compared to the sea. “But, there were other echoes, from a distance, that rumbled menacingly in the corner all through the space of time. And it was now, about little Lucie’s sixth birthday that they began to have an awful sound, as of a great storm in France with a dreadful sea rising” (Dickens 164). The revolution began in Paris, a storm of upheaval and danger to come. The fate of all the people of England and France was ...view middle of the document...
The French had never seen these kind of circumstances and all trembled in fear of what was to come.
Everyone knows a person who shines light onto their life by helping them to reach their fate. Charles Dickens describes the bond between father and daughter writing, “His cold white head mingled with her radiant hair, which warmed and lighted it as though it were the light of Freedom, shining on him” (34). Lucie shines light on the life of Dr. Manette. Her golden hair symbolizes life restored. Lucie’s role in the lives of her family is described saying, “Ever busily winding the golden thread bound her husband, and her father and herself, and her old directress and companion in a life of quiet bliss, Lucie sat in the still house in the tranquilly resounding corner, listening to the echoing footsteps of years.” (161) Lucie holds her family together. It is through her that they all can live. One must have the support and help of others to succeed.
Fate can bring certain people into one’s life that can help to shape the character by leaving footprints on their hearts. Lucie’s thoughts are expressed by commenting,“There was a great hurry in the streets, of people speeding away to get shelter before the storm broke; the wonderful corner for echoes resounded with the echoes of footsteps coming and going, yet not a footstep was there” (77). People who pass through one’s daily life help to shape their character. One always remembers the echoes of the past. Charles Dickens foreshadows Lucie’s fate saying, “Among the echoes then, there would arise the sound of footsteps at her own early grave and thoughts of the husband who would be left so desolate, and who would mourn for her so much, swelled to her eyes, and broke like waves”(162). Lucie’s footsteps will leave footprints in the lives of those she loves. Her words and thoughts will echo even when she is gone.
The theme of fate is enhanced with symbols of the sea, golden thread, and echoing footsteps. Fate destined that the French Revolution would occur, but many people doubted their fate. The revolutionaries had the highest survival rate. Most people were not resurrected and were unable to escape the inevitable fate. The Revolution greatly influenced the fate of many English and French citizens in the late 1700s.