Tale of Two cities

This essay has a total of 663 words and 4 pages.

Tale of Two cities

A Time of Terror

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a story written to promote
awareness of the tragedies that occurred in France during the French revolution.
The two themes of the book are interconnected with each other. The themes are
those of sacrifice, and hate. The themes are portrayed through out the book and
are shown by the actions of the characters. The story is perfectly described in
the following paraphrase by William Butler Yeats, in The Second Coming

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

The centre in this poem represents Paris, France. Paris was the center of the
newly formed republic and revolution. The monarchy in France had only a few jobs
and responsibilities, to represent, care for, create jobs for, and make peace
for all people of France. King Luis XVI was a failure, one of the worst and most
selfish kings to ever reign over France, he was the straw that broke the camels
back. King Louis XVI has his priorities in disarray. Not once did he place the
people of France before himself, he was impeccably greedy. He taxed the peasants
more than ever, they were starving, sick, and dying. He failed at his duty.
Chaos broke out and people rebelled, “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
The center, the government, fell apart. “Things fell apart; the centre cannot
hold.” The people needed a leader, someone other than the king, and that was
in their situation, someone that understood their needs. Madame Defarge, Ernest
Defarge, and the Jacques were all willing to lead the French people against the
king and for the new democracy. The people were angry and wanted revenge, they
hated all aristocrats, the king, and the old regime. Leaders like Madame Defarge
had the same beliefs and were followed because they were willing to act upon
Continues for 2 more pages >>