A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

1318 Words Sep 10th, 2014 6 Pages
How could something as delicious as chocolate be used to portray an entire class of snobbish French citizens? By using metaphorical language, A Tale of Two Cities describes the tensions that caused a truly vicious war to occur in France. Moreover, numerous key characters and images are able to capture the spirit of redemption amid the turmoil. Utilizing a plethora of symbolism, Charles Dickens is able to perfectly represent the self-absorbed aristocracy, revolutionary fever, and a theme of resurrection in his novel as well as the French Revolution. Chocolate, carriages, and coins are all symbols of the aristocracy’s greed, cruelty, and pure ignorance towards the peasants’ plight. The upper class in France has a sense of entitlement rather than a feeling of responsibility to care for their lesser majority. A prime example of this pretentious attitude is Monseigneur, whose character serves as a representation of his entire class. Charles Dickens ironically compares Monseigneur to a high priest by alluding to the inner sanctum of the Hebrew Temple with phrases such as “sanctuary of sanctuaries,” “crowd of worshippers,” and “Holiest of Holiests” (253). Naturally, the man is anything but a well-respected priest as is proven with a lengthy description of the chocolate he devours. It is pathetic that the wealthy upperclassman requires four men to feed him sweets and “[d]eep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only…

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