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The scientific theory of evolution states that humans evolved from apes therefore we are all or once were animals While some religious people choose to ignore this notion Charles Dickens embraces it in his literary masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities During the French Revolution inequality was rampant and became the basis of the continuous cycle of oppression In Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities animal imagery emphasizes the seemingly never-ending cycle of oppression while establishing that the only way to break the cycle is to possess human compassion The cycle of oppression begins when one group dominates another creating inequality In the stages preceding the Revolution the peasants are greatly oppressed by the aristocracy The lower classes have been told so many times that they are common dogs 405 that they are starting to believe it is the truth As a whole they lack the bravery to stand up to the ongoing abuse So cowed was their condition and so long and hard their experience of what such a man could do to them within the law and beyond it that not a voice or a hand or even an eye was raised 137 The peasants are so terrified of the upper classes and the harm they could potentially inflict upon them that they accept the cruelty and abuse The narrator describes the peasants as cows which are generally obedient creatures The abuse of the poor by the aristocracy is portrayed through animal imagery by describing the peasants as obedient animals With their unsympathetic ways the aristocracy is the oppressor in this vicious cycle of oppression Even before the French Revolution can officially begin the upper classes waste no time walking all over the peasants and terrorizing them in any way possible The aristocrats are predators with the peasants as their prey Madame Defarge is described as being a cat that plays games with her prey She and her husband see the poor
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