Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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“But now, become oppressors in their turn, Frenchmen had changed a war of self-defense for one of Conquest, losing sight of all, which they had struggled for...” was once written by the poet William Wordsworth. In this quote Wordsworth was referring to the people of France. It was conveying that the French public was weighed down with oppression, by the French Republic. They had enough of the oppression, and this provoked them to strike back. He wanted to show the future transition of oppression from the French public to the Republic. Wordsworth was not the only writer who felt this way. Two other works of Literature that share the same concepts are A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens and Afterworld, by Edgar Johnson. Both pieces of literature validate the quote of Wordsworth. A Tale of Two Cities parallels to the quote in many ways throughout the novel. This novel was published in 1859 but written about the times in France during 1792. Basically it was written to show what needed to be changed so history did not yet again repeat itself. Multiple underlying themes throughout this novel show how it directly corresponds with the quote. One way in which they agree is that the French public was at first being oppressed, and in the novel oppression or class struggle is a major theme. For example: Monsieur the Marquis said “ It is extraordinary to me ,” he said “ that you people cannot take care of yourselves or your children… what injury you have done to my horses.”(116) This example shows how cruel the aristocracy was to the general public. In this example the Monsieur is angry over an injury brought upon his horse, rather than the fact he killed a peasant’s son. Another way in which the novel agrees with the quote, is that they both show how the oppressed eventually become the oppressors. In the novel the Monsieur the Marquis is the symbol of corrupt

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