The foils in Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" show similarities and differences that illuminate the novel's protagonist, Sydney Carton, and its terrifying antagonist, Mme. He is dedicated to French idealism while Carton languishes alcoholically in his law offices; they love the same woman, Lucie Manette, but only Darnay has the inside track; Darnay's idealism goads Sydney into sacrificing his own life to save the young lovers from the guillotine.
But she leaves an indelible mark. She sits in her wine shop, on the edge of things, knitting, glancing imperceptibly at her customers.
If you were there, you might mistake her for just another well-behaved wife. Part of the transfixing thing about Madame Defarge is the way she communicates with her husband in those first few moments.
With a tiny flick of the eyebrow and nod of the head she makes clear what she is thinking. Dickens has her as a tricoteuse in English, a knitterone of those terrible women who would take their knitting and watch the public beheadings in Paris during the revolution.
They are tough, unforgiving and ruthless.
Their knitting may seem harmless, but their needles have sharp points. Madame Defarge takes her knitting one step further — she weaves in the names of the victims of the guillotine.
Her whole being is consumed by revenge and she will not rest until her bloodthirsty desires are satisfied.
Despite his female 'villain' being the barrier to the happiness of innocent people, Dickens never allows us to loathe Madame Defarge:The foils in Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" show similarities and differences that illuminate the novel's protagonist, Sydney Carton, and its terrifying antagonist, Mme.
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This analysis shows how in "A Tale of Two Cities", Charles Dickens uses the legal profession, to which Sydney Carton belongs, as a symbol for Carton's loss of spirit and ultimate rebirth, by showing how Carton must correct the injustices of the legal system to advance social justice and save his soul.
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Harris. A Tale of Two Cities looks at classic themes and issues that are still present in today’s society: friendship, love, sacrifice, revenge, appearances, work, good vs.
evil, and revolution. Despite being written in the late ’s, it is still relevant to students’ lives.