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A Tale of Two Cities

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A Tale of Two Cities Christin Blackmon 4-27-06 1A The harsh reality between the upper and lower class and how they changed during this time period came to light in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. The upper class had many privileges such as fine food, clean clothes and living conditions, along with a fine education. Whereas, the lower class had poor food, harder labor, and had poor living conditions. Because of these circumstances, the structural stability of the French government began to collapse. This spiraling downfall of the social classes and government is evident throughout this novel. The upper class is usually what you hear the most about in history lessons. They are the ones who ruled the country and set the laws. ...read more.


The rich are portrayed as sadistic cruel people. The political scene once ruled by the upper class is now run by the lower class. At the beginning of the novel Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness (pg. 3)." This quote describes those who once had it worse (the lower class) now had it better and those who had it well off (the upper class) now has it worse. It also describes the age as full of knowledge but foreshadowed by retribution. Now that the shift of power has occurred and the poor people are gaining control of the nation, they begin to force their beliefs onto the government and laws. ...read more.


You can see the road mender saying, "See my saw! I call it my little guillotine. La, la, la! And off his head comes!" (p. 223) There were riots in the streets. People were arrested and killed. Dickens did not try and make this sound patriotic but instead showed what really happened. He was not going to soften the situation looking at class rank. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens shows the turmoil of France during its revolution and how several characters struggle through it. You see the proud who fell from grace. It shows the ability of power to overtake the sound reasoning of ones judgement and the greed of a few to influence many. Even though both upper and lower classes lived side-by-side, they thought very differently. Dickens attempted to show that the French Revolution was started due to the differences between classes and the supposed change. However, this never came about. ...read more.

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