The French Revolution And Charles Dickens’s A Tale Of Two Cities

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Long ago in France, there were three types of people. There lived the poor people whom lived off of their land and the business of other people, which created the bottom of the social classes. There lived the rich people whom lived off of themselves and their businesses that they owned, which granted them noble power. Finally, there lived the royalties: King, Queen, and their people. These people belonged to their explicit social classes in France, which is the basis of the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Dickens uses these classes in his story to express the French Revolution and show how the poor were mistreated by the rich, and how the royalties were the most corrupt of the land. The French Revolution was the turning point of France at the time, which turned the entire basis of France’s monarchy around thanks to the classes of France banding together to stop the King. The social classes of France comprised the Revolution that turned France around and became a more civilized and fair society, and this is quite evident in Charles Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities.
The French Revolution was a period of time when the entirety of France went against the monarchy. King Louis XVI was taken down by the people at this time. The change brought along a replacement for the monarchial society (French Revolution 2). The now formed republic run by the people is now forever an example of what can happen to those whom live in places run by kings and queens, and that those who wish to escape tyranny can always make a change. The tyranny that was present brought along the eventual execution of the two royalties (2). This is evident in Dickens’s novel, in which the story centers around the revolution. Madame Defarge exists as one of the higher people in the revolution, watching out for spies and those who oppose her position. In the end, she is taken down just as the King and Queen were.
The poorest of France were given a title in the class of the Third Estate. In the Third Estate lived the commoners. Commoners consisted primarily of merchants, professional men, capitalists, peasants, artisans, and everyone in between (Gottschalk 53). These people were at the bottom of their class and were mistreated by the monarchy—even ignored in their pleas for financial assistance. The Third Estate were ignored, and they had enough in the end. They worked together to form the basis of the Revolution and take down the monarchy that opposed them (French Revolution 2). The Monsieur even mistreated them and had them do his bidding in Dickens’s novel!
The rich people of France were given a title in the class of the Nobility. The Nobility were the more corrupt of people when it came to law. Those who were in charge of enforcing it seemed to neglect the fact that they were not the ones in charge (Gottschalk 54). Nobilities often took people of the Third Estate into prisons for execution for even the smallest of crimes. At the time, Nobilities were highest...

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