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Inhumanity in “A Tale of Two Cities”

A revolution is a situation where both sides feel they are right, but can a person in a neutral position decide who is right and who is wrong?In many cases, no.That is the problem presented in Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.In his novel, he shows us a revolution where no one is right; no one is even being rational.Revolutionaries, like Madame Defarge, are killing innocent people to get revenge, and aristocrats, like the Marquis St. Evremonde, are using their power to hurt the less fortunate.By the end of the revolution and the novel, Dickens clearly expresses that there is no one idea or opinion that is right.The only way to be humane is to recognize the negative aspects and the inhumanity of both sides.Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton had that point of view and are saved because of it.
Thefirst characters to show very irrational and inhumane actions were the revolutionaries during the French Revolution.”A large cask of wine had been dropped and broken, in the street.”(36)The cask broke in the streets of a poverty stricken town where the people were poor and looking for a way to end their suffering.The people rushed to the wine and began scooping it up with their hands.These ravenous actions are not inhumane, but show the intense poverty of the people of the country of France.The breaking of the cask is also a metaphor for the beginning of the revolution.Dickens shows the reader the passion for blood and revenge that burned within these people.He shows the reader once again of their intense anger when a man, “scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees -BLOOD.”The “blood” on the streets would happen again.The revolution was coming and all would be affected by the bloody engagements.
Of all of the revolutionary characters, it is easy to say that Madame Defarge is, by far, the most inhumane person.As the reader is introduced to Madame Defarge, one characteristic stands …

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