Revenge : An Acceptable Answer? Essay

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Revenge: An Acceptable Answer?
The French Revolution was a dangerous period in France when the peasants, influenced by the American Revolution, decided to overthrow the monarchy. The plot of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set around this chaotic time. During this period, many characters take their revenge on others who have wronged them. Through his examples of revenge, Dickens provides insight towards whether or not revenge is acceptable. Revenge is never justified because of the severe consequences that follow, as in the cases of Dr. Manette, the peasants in France, and Madame Defarge.
When Dr. Manette wrote a journal calling for revenge, he did not expect it to condemn someone he loved. In late December of 1757, Dr. Manette was imprisoned in the Bastille without an accusation or a trial. Dr. Manette’s journal of denouncement identified the men who had unlawfully consigned him: “The Marquis took from his pocket the letter I had written, showed it me, burnt it in the light of a lantern that was held, and extinguished the ashes with his foot” (Dickens 258). The Marquis St. Evrémonde wanted Dr. Manette to know the reason of his imprisonment. The letter that was burned was Dr. Manette’s letter to the Minister of France detailing patients he had attended to at the Marquis St. Evrémonde’s chateau. During his solitary confinement of eighteen years, Dr. Manette slowly forgot his identity and grew used to sitting in silence. When Mr. Lorry comes to bring him back to…

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