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Oppression in A Tale of Two Cities In the book A Tale of Two Cities one of the many themes present is that of oppression There are many examples of this throughout the book some more obvious than the others We can see right away in the beginning that the French peasants are under a hideous oppression by the French aristocracy All the people of the towns that are described are starved and in great pain they are depressed and slinking about gaunt skeletons of human beings Their desperation is clearly evident in Chapter 5 when everyone nearby rushes to lick wine off of the city street when a barrel of it bursts after being dropped As this is occurring the wealthy French citizens are reclining indoors and use a ridiculous number of servants just to prepare a cup of hot water When a poor mans son is run over and killed by the rich Marquiss carriage the Marquis makes no apology and tosses a couple coins at the grieving father The aristocrats did not even think the peasants human they treated them as animals without a thought to their happiness or well being Another example of oppression is in Mrs Crunchers relationship with her husband Mr Cruncher orders her about and treats her like a piece of property just there to do his will and stay out of his way When Jerry Cruncher catches his wife praying for his thieving soul he takes it to mean that she wants him to be caught and punished so he will stop grave robbing His son sees him the next morning bashing his wifes head into the headboard of their bed as a punishment for her prayers Mrs Cruncher lived in a constant oppressive atmosphere as she tried to conform to her husbands wishes but was never good enough for him as he abused her pretty much every day A more prominent example of this theme is
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