Charles Dickens : The French Revolution Essay

1388 Words Mar 5th, 2015 6 Pages
Charles Dickens brought a very interesting point of view to the French Revolution. While he was narrating both sides of the fight, he was also stating a warning for the readers to come. The first two books of this novel are in the peasants favor, depicting the fight they had to overcome every day. However, the third book is much more powerful. He clearly states how innocent and sad the aristocrats became as they were murdered inhumanely by the ravenous peasants. With these important details, it is shown that Charles Dickens did sympathize with the upper class citizens of the novel. To contradict this thesis, there are many examples from the first two books, ‘Recalled to Life’ and ‘The Golden Thread.’ The aristocrats are depicted as awful people who didn’t give any mercy to those who weren’t as lucky. Dickens clearly thought that a social change was necessary. This was visually apparent when he described the scene between Marquis Evrémonde and the little boy who was killed in the middle of the street. The Marquis was racing through the streets for pleasure and ran over a young boy. His heartless reaction to the death showed how heartless he was toward those not in his social class. He even tried to pay the father a measly gold coin for the death of his son, which furthers this accusation. The absolute cold-blooded mannerism of the Marquis was shown to represent the chaos and ruthless ways of the aristocrats. “I would ride over any of you very willingly, and exterminate you…

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