The Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

1183 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Future to Choose “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” - John F. Kennedy. After the American Revolution, French soldiers returned filled with ideas of freedom and revolution. These thoughts, combined with the oppression of the aristocracy and poverty of the lower classes, resulted in the explosion of the French Revolution in 1789 (Stordahl). The Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, is regarded as one of the most famous pieces of literature about the French Revolution. At first glance, it is a tale of a romance during a dangerous time, but underneath the surface lies the critiques of Dickens on society and the consequences of leaving it unchecked. The novel is Dickens’ warning to England about what the future may hold if society’s problems are not addressed. Dickens addresses how the repression of the poor and unwillingness to change leads to a violent revolution driven by an uncontrollable mob. There is hope, but only if one is willing to to change.
The unwillingness of the artistorcy to change is what lead to their downfall during the French Revolution. The novel begins in 1775, the prelude to the revolution. The era “was the best of times, it was the worst of times” where the rich held the power and the poor lay at their feet (Dickens 3). The French aristocracy lived lavish lives full of frill and frivolity. Likewise, the Monseigneur, who represents the pre-revolution aristocracy, could not “take his chocolate”…

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