Unjustified Revenge By Charles Dickens Essay
Honors English 9-1
26 April 2016
The French Revolution captures the tension between the harsh lives of the peasants and the idealized, carefree aristocracy during the late eighteenth century. A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, is a Victorian novel that deeply focuses on events in two cities, Paris and London, proceeding and throughout the French Revolution. The full concept of the French Revolution is driven by revenge in which the desolate peasants want to take back what is rightfully theirs and avenge the sins of the nobles. The poverty stricken living conditions and impoverished financial situation in France compel the peasants to act violently for the immense strive for revenge against the aristocracy. Dickens proves that one can go to extreme extents without considering the possible outcomes when it comes to revenge through the actions of Gaspard, Madame Defarge, and all the other revolutionaries.
Amongst the revolutionaries, Gaspard hastily drives a knife through the heart of the Marquis to avenge the cruel death of his son without considering the possible consequence and eventually pays a price for his impulsive revenge. He is infuriated at the way the Marquis carelessly runs over his child and decides to take revenge by taking the Marquis’ life. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens states how the stone face of the Marquis is killed by Gaspard: “It lay back on the pillow of Monsieur the Marquis. It was like a…