A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

1364 Words May 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Published in 1859, by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities is a love story that focuses on both sides of the French Revolution and contains social commentary about the rise and fall of the third and second estate. Dickens, at the time, was influenced by Karl Marx’s ideals from the Communist Manifesto, published 11 years prior in 1848, which describes the class struggles between the bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. Dickens, influenced by the Communist Manifesto, wrote the book, A Tale of Two Cities, to warn the Bourgeoisie of the proletariat through his tone and foreshadowing of an impending revolution.
During this period, European countries were transitioning from the Feudal system to a capitalist society. the shift from guilds dominating manufacturing to workers increasing capital as created two district class the bourgeoisie, the capitalists, and the proletariat, the working class, resulting in class struggle which negatively effects the proletariat. (Karl and Engels 9). Karl Marx, through his word choice discloses his dislike of the bourgeoisie and his admiration of the proletariat. He views the bourgeoisie as condescending and manipulative. During the expansion of trade, the bourgeoisie have “stripped” away the honor of its workers to labors and exploited them through low wages (Marx and Engels 10). By describing the practices of the bourgeoisie as cruel and providing the negative effects of their system, the tone is revealed as hatred to the class. However, the…

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