A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

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“The voice of the submissive man who had spoken, was flat and tame in its extreme submission” (114-115). This line from A Tale of Two Cities is a simple portrayal of how ignorant the rich can be to the poor, no matter the circumstances. In this work of historical fiction, author Charles Dickens’s narration of the many aspects and events of the French Revolution portray violence in a slightly different way. He sees violence from the peasant 's’ point of view: as a last resort to achieve the goals that would in no other way be achieved. Furthermore, the abundance of literary devices allows the author to emphasize the difference in character between the standard rich person and poor person in France, the difference that ultimately caused the revolution. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens uses tone, character definition, and the element of duality to convey the idea that each act of ignorance to the suffering of the peasants committed by the nobles contributed to a feeling of necessity to resort to extreme violence by the poor to get the attention of the higher class. The first literary device that Dickens uses to express this theme is tone. Throughout the book, Dickens changes the tone quite often, and occasionally multiple times in the same sentence, such as when he himself gives insight: {1}“...is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?” (15). The author suggests the idea that…

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