A Tale of Two Cities Symbolism

An example of importance AND images is the broken red wine cask. As dickens explains the scene outside of Defarge’s white wine shop and all the rushed people, he has the ability to develop a symbol of hunger. I think this hunger is not just the peasant’s hunger, but likewise metaphorically for political liberties.

For example, the narrative straight associates the red wine with blood, noting that some of the peasants have actually obtained “a tigerish smear about the mouth” and representing a drunken figure scrawling the word “blood” on the wall with a wine-dipped finger.

As he reveals such a strong sign, the images is what makes the readers feel like they are really in the book. The method he describes the setting is scary, yet interesting, which is among lots of ways he makes the symbol stick out. “The red wine was red white wine, and had actually stained the ground of the narrow street in the suburban area of Saint Antoine, in Paris, where it was spilled. It had stained lots of hands, too, and many faces, and numerous naked feet, and many wooden shoes.

The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the lady who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had actually acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one high joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a night-cap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees– blood.” (Dickens, 29-30) Due to the fact that of dickens use of personification, it helps readers truly get a feel for the book.

For example, the concept of cravings is explained in Chapter 5, as looking below the chimneys of the poor and rattling its dry bones. “Hunger. It was dominated everywhere. Appetite was pushed out of the high home, in the wretched clothes that hung upon poles and lines; hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper. Cravings was repeated in every fragment of the small degree of fire wood that male sawed off; appetite started down from the smokeless chimneys and started up from the dirty street that had no official, among its refuse, of anything to eat.” (Dickens, 32)

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