Violence and Cruelty Leading to Harsh Rebellion Throughout the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens constantly uses examples of violence and cruelty to show why the French peasants revolted against the aristocracy and to describe the revolt. During the extant of the peasant’s lives before the rebellion they were treated so brutally by the aristocrats. The wealthy people took great advantage of their power and the poor people. When the peasants rebelled they responded with violence and brutality from the hatred of their hearts. The suffering the low class people of France endured during the time of this story was more than unbearable. As Dickens describes “Far and wide, lay a ruined country, yielding nothing but desolation.
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“Every living creature there held life as of no account and was deemed with a passionate readiness to sacrifice it.”(Dickens 223) “Not knitting today, Madame’s resolute right honor was occupied with an axe”(Dickens 223) “The same tendencies toward violence in the mod are displayed in their dance of the Carmagnole”(Bloom b) hundreds of people “Dancing like five thousand demons”(Dickens) “No fight could have been as terrible as this dance” (Dickens) “Something once innocent delivered over to all devilry” (Dickens) The dance was so violent and frightening that “It seemed to be transformative and dehumanizing…”
Charles Dickens is mortified by the use of violence and does not see it as a means to accomplish the changes he desires”(Gale A) “The horror and outrage that Dickens expresses at the conditions experience by the poor in both France and Britain is matched and perhaps even exceeded , by the revulsion with which he regards the bloodiness and brutality of the uprisings”(Gale A) The attack of Foulon was full of open hatred from the things he has done to them. “Villlian Foulon taken, my sister! Old Foulon taken my mother! Misscreant Foulon taken my daughter!... Foulon who told the starving people they might eat grass! Foulon who told my old father that he might eat greass when I had no bread to give him “(Dickens) cried the peasants