Tale Of Two Cities; Violence Essay

608 words - 3 pages



English 10H
30 November 2012
Fear to Achieve Goals
In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens emphasized that violence and fear in many ways. Throughout history it has been shown that fear can be used to manipulate others. This is the main point that Dickens focuses on when he uses fear in his novel. First we see it between the Evermonde brothers and the peasant brother and sister. Next it is shown as Dickens describes the state of the peasants and how the aristocrats have been treated. Then finally we see how brutality of the revolutionaries towards the aristocrats. Dickens uses these examples to show how fear is too often used to control others and achieve goals of the revolution.
Dickens’ first example of violence is when the Evermonde brothers show “no touch of pity” when speaking of the “creature ...view middle of the document...

” The men approached Dr. Manette with a threatening conduct. This shows that they have no limits to who they will try to intimidate by using fear.
Another example of fear is when the aristocrats began to mistreat the lower class, and the justice system started to fall apart. In this time period the wealthy could get away with murder as long as they had a good name. For example, when Marquis Evermonde runs over a young child, killing the child, he simply “threw out a gold coin for the valet to pick up”. The father throws the coin back into the Marquis carriage. When the Marquis says “he should be crushed under the wheels,” he is talking about Gaspard. The Marquis has no remorse and believes that the son is only worth a single gold coin and not worth his time. This shows that the Marquis believes he is above the average citizen and that they should be afraid of his superiority.
Finally another example of violence and fear is when the revolutionaries “swear on (their) knees… to avenge on Foulon.” This is when the citizens find out that Foulon had faked his death. He does this because of his fear of what the revolutionaries may do if

they find him alive. Because of Foulon’s cruel past “bunches of grass and straw were thrust into his face…for all St. Antoine to dance at the sight of.” This is an example of mob mentality, in which all signs of humanity are relinquished. The group of large people is a frightening sight for Foulon and this frenzy ultimately leads to his death.
All these examples of fear lead up to the destructive end of the book. All three instances were fears used to accomplish a goal, which at the end were achieved through terrible means. The goal achieved was never prolonged, it ended quiet quickly. In this way, fear is not an acceptable way to resolve a problem. Fear is a basic emotion which every human being feels, so it will only lead to devastation.

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