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Charles Dickens presents his story of aristocracy and tyranny clashing during the French Revolution The dramatic novel grabs the readers attention as events unfold in a time of love and sorrow In Dickens A Tale of Two Cities he illustrates the picture of two countries that eventually become tied together by the characters in a cynical yet factual tone using diction and symbolism The authors use of symbolism shows the sorrowful state that the people were in during the French Revolution Dr Mannete is introduced to the reader as being buried alive but eventually he will be resurrected The doctor was cut off from the rest of the world for eighteen years and had no contact with the outside After being brought back to life Dr Mannete becomes compassionate towards others and will help those who are later buried alive When the red wine stained the ground at the wine shop it symbolized the blood that would be shed later on with the murdering of prisoners The spilt blood at the first of the novel represents the blood that will be shed during the revolution to purge the aristocracy Throughout the novel red is representational of what will come during the revolution and the lives of love ones that will soon be lost Dickens use of symbolism shows the anguish of the people as well as the true nature of the characters as they are introduced to us The tense times of the revolution are shown through the authors use of diction As we quickly learn that it was the best of times it was the worst of time it is shown how the people live in time of despair The times of love hate and oppression display how people that lived during the revolution were forced to live People were unhappy with the aristocracy and they were blood thirsty to get rid of them Dickens portrays the difference in social classes when
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