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The influence of crowds in a tale of two cities

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The influence of crowds in a tale of two cities. The dictionary describes a crowd as a large group of people or things. In the book the crowds are very inconsistent. At Darnay's trial in France the crowd disapproves of his actions. They booed and jeered at Darnay. Many male members of the crowd carried knives and were armed in various ways, also the women carried daggers. As we find out in the book the crowd changed their opinions very quickly and easily. Once the public's mind has been changed they cheer when Charles is let free, it depends on the crowd's mood. "so capriciously were the people moved, that tears immediately rolled down several ferocious countenances which had been glaring at the prisoner a moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him out into the streets and kill him." as you can see from this quote from the book the crowds change their opinions very quickly and immediately. This to me shows that they are very indecisive and unstable. The collective mentality of the people reduces with the bigger amounts of people. ...read more.

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Also in a crowd, both in the book and present day there is a ringleader who stirs up the crowd and also persuades them to do things that they might not have done earlier, this is also due to the number of people. In A Tale of two cities the ringleader is Madame Defarge. One of two voices are used to plant the seed or two around which may escalate into a crowd. In the book we are shown the that a crowd or mob can become unstoppable. The mobs at Darnay's trial was said to be picking him apart with their eyes. There is also a different kind of crowd that we are introduced to in the book, this is a more light-hearted crowd, there for entertainment and to meet other people. These occur at public executions. The crowd feed off the action, they enjoy watching suffering and misery, "for, the crowd came pouring out with a vehemence that nearly took him off his legs, and a loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue flies were dispersing in search of other carrion". ...read more.

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I think he does this because it is a very special moment and the noise of the crowds shouldn't spoil it. Overall I think that the crowds in a Tale of two Cities are quite influential in the outcome of many things such as they are the Revolution. At court cases they can also influence the judges decision as going against the crowd can result in your death, especially in the killing mood which they are in. in this novel the crowds show me that numbers can make a difference, and one voice as in Madame Defarge can motivate then to do things that they might not have wanted to do. No one wants to face the revolutionary mob who are not scared of anything, and wont stop until their objectives are achieved even if it means killing friends. In nearly event big event in the book there are crowds influencing the outcomes. Madame Defarge makes them become bloodthirsty and mercy less. She can influence them because they all believe in the same cause and she is a very powerful character who can persuade people to do what she wants. Without crowds, the novel wouldn't be as lively, moving and too predictable. This book needs the influence of the crowd. ...read more.

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