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Satire in A Tale of Two Cities

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Alexandra Lieberman

on 17 March 2013

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Satire in "A Tale of Two Cities"
Presented by Alexandra M. Lieberman Satire is a technique that ridicules people and societal institutions , using irony, wit, and exaggeration. Satire is also humorous at times. It's like sarcasm. Satire is hard at times to understand, due to the fact that when reading text, one can not hear the tone of someone's voice and facial expression. There is a lot of satire in this novel by Charles Dickens. It is Dickens way of "jabbing" at all of the things he disapproves of. Satire examples continued "The virtuous servant, Roger Cly, swore his way through the case at a great rate." Page 73.
"That for these reasons, the jury, being a loyal jury (as he knew they were), and being a responsible jury (as
were), must positively find the prisoner guilty, and make an end of him, whether they liked it or not." Page 73.
"Expect to get anything by this evidence? No. ... No motives but motives of sheer patriotism? None whatever." Page 73
This is satire because Roger Cly is most certainly not virtuous. The trial is corrupted by the people supporting it, and the jury is not a loyal or responsible jury. They are ridiculous. Examples of Satire In Book the second, chapter 3,
there is a lot of satire present.
This is Charles Darnay's first trial.
Dickens is pretty much "mocking" the
British Judicial system.
"Had he ever been a spy himself? No, he
scorned the base insinuation. What did he
live upon? His property. Where was his
property? He didn't precisely remember where it was. What was it? No business of
anybody's." This questionnaire is loaded with satire, and is located on page 72. To those who pick up that this is satire, this might be rather humorous.

Satire in other parts of the novel " What is Satire? Why is it used in this novel? they Yes. It took four men, all four a-blaze with gorgeous decoration, and the chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips." Page 109. Dickens uses satire to show just how ridiculous the nobles were, and how they were so unaware of how life was for those less fortunate than them. I mean seriously...4 guys to feed him chocolate? That's a knee slapper!
"Monseigneur had the other truly noble idea that the world was made for them." Page 110. This is satire because the "noble" ideas from the nobility are not noble at all. Continued "I feel that it is a pleasant thing for a man to have a home when he feels inclined to go to it (when he doesn't, he can stay away), and I feel that Miss Manette will tell well in any station, and will always do me credit." Book the second, chapter 11, page 146. This is satire in that the topic is love and relationships, in yet this lacks feeling. It is completely ridiculous, he wants to marry her for that reason? There is a lot of satire in this novel, whether it is easily noted or difficult to understand. It is prominent in the justice system, nobility, and relationships.

Have a magical day! In conclusion...
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