The Character Of Monsieur Defarge And Poarge In Tale Of Two Cities

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Tale of Two Cities takes place in an uncertain period amid volatile events; subsequently the characters often show unsettled, even contradictory traits. Monsieur Defarge often expresses regret and apprehension towards his wife’s schemes; whilst Solomon Pross/John Barsad, having committed his fair share of misdeeds, becomes an essential tool in the protagonists’ arsenal. Both Monsieur Defarge and Barsad are relatively minor characters, but they contribute enormously to the plot and accurately reflect the complexity of the time period. Monsieur Defarge is a staunch patriot, and his decisions in accordance with that determine his fate. However, his loyalties to the French Republic, his wife, morality, and Dr. Manette conflict throughout the story, thereby adding interest and options to what would otherwise be a German shepard-esque character. Since Defarge changes and becomes darker throughout the narrative, it’s best to look at him chronologically. He begins as a peddler of wine and …show more content…
He displays morality and reason amid the melee, sharply contrasted by his wife’s lack of those qualities. While both the Defarges become respected leaders for the revolutionaries, Monsieur Defarge maintains some vision of the initial ideals. He shows this through his rise to prominence in Revolutionary France and his hesitancy to go through with Madame Defarge’s brutal plans. According to his wife, “My husband is a good Republican and a bold man… but my husband has his weaknesses” (Dickens 364). Considering the speaker, any purported “weaknesses” are in fact, virtues. Furthermore, Monsieur Defarge and his Saint Antoine followers represent the afflictions of the macrocosmic French Revolution: they too, are corrupted by power and vengeful justice. With Monsieur Defarge as his modus operdandi, Dickens sends his overarching message: the benefits and consequences of blind loyalty and revolutionary

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