Essay about The Novel ' Tale Of Two Cities '

775 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
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 patriotism, decribed as “good-humoured-looking on the whole…evidently a man of strong resolution (Dickens 32). This, combined with Defarge’s respect and charity towards Dr. Manette, suggests that he is a well-intentioned man. However, Monsieur Defarge joins the antagonists as social and political situations in France become more dire, and as Madame Defarge calls for assistance in turning her bloody meditations into realities. Defarge’s loyalty to his wife and the regime serves as the impetus for…

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