The Carriage Occurrence– A Tale of Two Cities
One of the most well-known chapters in Charles Dickens novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” is “Monseigneur in the area,” specifically the “carriage event.” When checking out the event, and how Monseigneur the Marquis hit and eliminated a young kid with his carriage, and how after doing so he tossed cash at the problem and blamed the victims for being “for ever in the method” (Dickens pg. 116), you can tell just how the situations resemble this day. Or, how Monseigneur called them “canines” (Dickens pg. 116), and how we treat them as such. It is clear, regarding just how despicable the rich think the poor are, easily similar to how we the rich mistreat the homeless, the starving and those struggling to manage. How the abundant and wealthy overlook, blame and entirely take advantage of those individuals in unfortunate situations. How we tower above people in requirement and think of them as lesser humans just due to the fact that they are poor.
If you choose a walk downtown in almost every major city, it’s rather possible that you’ll come across more than one person who is homeless and asking for extra change. And more than typically people go by and disregard them, as if they were undetectable and do not matter. Making up excuses regarding why they can not assist; “They got themselves into this mess,””It’s not like I’m rich or anything,” or, “They will most likely just spend it on alcohol or drugs.” Instead of helping the poor, we blame them, saying it is their fault. We tell them that they just need to get a task, and assume that they are addicts who blew all their money on drugs and will just do it once again. It is sad how similar this is, to A Tale of Two Cities. Monseigneur the Marquis had remarked, “It is extraordinary to me, that you individuals can not look after yourselves” (Dickens pg. 116), even after running over the paupers’ child, he still blames him for not effectively taking care of himself or his kids. Instead of offering those who are down on their luck the benefit of the doubt, individuals today choose to disregard, not going to even give them an opportunity, comparable to the “carriage incident”.
In third world countries, the majority of the population is bad and struggling. So to make money they are entrusted to no choice but to work in sweatshops, just barely managing every day. Sweatshop workers are not paid a fraction of what base pay is here, and working conditions are dreadful. Individuals are chained to their work stations, and declined breaks for food, water and restrooms. Some of them working twelve hours a day or more, and still not being able to endure. This is exploitation of the bad or, “making the most of earnings at the cost of people”. The products they are making are from huge time corporations like Nike, who have massive amounts of wealth and are just worried about making a profit, not how it is done or by whom. Just like how Monseigneur the Marquis realized he had killed that child, he simply tossed money at the problem, “See! Provide him that. He threw out a gold coin for the valet to get” (Dickens pg. 116). Not caring in the tiniest for the condition the poor man or his dead child remained in, just worried if he were rich and stayed that way. Sounds extremely familiar to how we mistreat and make use of the bad when they are out of alternatives for a profit.
The Monseigneur of Marquis stated that when the people on the streets had actually gathered ’round they appeared like “simple rats come out of their holes” (Dickens pg. 116). Clearly he sees those who have less than him, are less than him, like rats and canines, like mangy monsters that need to be kept out of sight. Kind of like when we neglect and deal with the less lucky as such. When passing by a homeless person, some describe them as “bottoms”, some even insult them, informing them that they stink, others inform their kids not to go near them or take a look at them. Or when they stumble upon a female of the evening, they call her obscenities and treat her like an object.Yet these people need to then explain to their child why that “smelly bum” is resting on the street pleading, or why that lady is standing on the street corner during the night in a brief gown. We treat those who have to struggle to manage and do things they wish they didn’t need to, like; ask for cash, or sleep out on the street, or offer their bodies, or strip like, it is their choice which they are any less of a human being than us. While in truth this is what it boiled down to when they were entrusted no other choice; they are not pet dogs nor are they rats, just due to the fact that they must do humiliating and degrading things to make ends fulfill. Rather of disregarding them and shaming them for having less than us, like Monseigneur the Marquis does, we should be helping them.
It boggles the mind yet sadly true, how todays’ society reflects what occurred in Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” the “carriage incident.” Much like Monseigneur the Marquis, we take the bad struggling peoples circumstances and exploit them for a profit, based on how little they have and how desperate they are. We mistreat and ignore them, blaming the needy for needing aid. We see them as pet dogs and rats, like they are beneath us due to the fact that their jobs are deteriorating or due to the fact that they do not have a job, rather of treating them like other humans. Monseigneur the Marquis was a really inhumane yet really rich man, who treats those who are bad and regrettable as they are non reusable, and he sounds a dreadful lot like our society today.