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Tale of Two Cities: Satire

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Transcript of Tale of Two Cities: Satire

The Justice System A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens Satire "When the Attorney-General ceased, a buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become." Book Two, Chapter Three pg. 65 "Expect to get anything by this evidence? No. ... No motives but motives of sheer patriotism? None whatsoever." Book Two, Chapter Three pg. 66 “It [La Guillotine] was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented the hair from turning grey, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine, looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack. It was the sign of the regeneration of the human race. It superceded the Cross. Models of it were worn on breasts from which the Cross was discarded, and it was bowed down to and believed in where the Cross was denied.” Book Three, Chapter Four pg. 265 "Looking at the jury and the turbulent audience, he might have thought that the usual order of things were reversed ... The lowest, cruelest, and and worst populace of a city ... were the directing spirits of the scene" Book Three, Chapter Six pg. 274 Annoying
Bottom feeders - but nobles weren't
"blue blood" - "blue flies", a different type of being, a different level
Comparing to insects, something's seriously wrong with the system The trial is corrupted by the people supporting it
Class and money decide the outcomes here
They will sentence a man to death for entertainment
Almost a jest at how ridiculous the system is Turns the entire situation around on the nobles
Once again, the truth about it is ignored by the people
It's morbid humour - it's a killing machine but they respect it as "just"
Killing has resumed and is again justified While the people thought the previous system was corrupt, they have created the same thing
It could not be respected before - can it now?
The appearance of the court has been altered, but not the intent "Monseigneur had one truly noble idea of general public business, which was, to let everything go on in its own way; of particular public business, Monseigneur had the other truly noble idea that it must all go his way - tend to his own power and pocket ... that the world was made for them." Book Two, Chapter Seven pg. 101 "Yes. It took four men, all four ablaze 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." Book Two, Chapter Seven, pg. 100 "It is extraordinary to me," said he "that you people cannot
take care of yourselves or your children.
One or the other of you is forever in the way." Book Two, Chapter Seven, pg. 107 They act very entitled
"Noble" ideas from the nobility are not noble at all
Everything is done to serve themselves Continues the
entitled attitude
Totally normal for him, but other people have
no food Total disregard
for human life
Believes he is truly
human, while the
peasants are beasts
Nobility “... I feel that it is a pleasant thing for a man to have a home when he feels inclined to go to it... and I feel that Miss Manette will tell well in any station, and will always do me credit.” Book Two, Chapter 11 pg. 136 “... you take it more easily than I fancied you would, and are less mercenary on my behalf than I thought you would be; though, to be sure, you know well enough by this time that your ancient chum is a man of a pretty strong will.” Book Two, Chapter Eleven pg. 136 “Jerry, you honest tradesman, there’s hopes wot that boy will yet be a blessing to you, and a recompense to you for his mother!” Book Two, Chapter Fourteen pg.158 "'I doubt, sir,' returned the nephew, 'whether, if it had carried me to the utmost brink of death, you would have cared to stop me there.'" Book Two, Chapter Nine pg.117 Contemptible in its lack of feeling
Trying to convince the reader what a silly notion this is Stryver really knows very little
Shows how poor he is at relationships - bases them on money The honest tradesman is
not so honest
A bizarre father - takes pride
in his son's illegal ambition
The wife - disrespectful
towards her all the time Unexpected but completely
true and disarming
Clearly this is a
dysfunctional relationship
Laughable at the
distinction between the
two men - a literary composition in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule Relationships Both direct and indirect satire
are evident in this story -
these are many of the
more obvious examples.
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