How Does Dickens Present The Peasants In A Tale Of Two Cities

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They Deserve A Drink "Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women's heads, which were squeezed dry into infants' mouths;" (Dickens 36). This snippet from the wine shop passage portrays how Charles Dickens feels towards the peasants in his book A Tale of Two Cities, and how the peasants almost seemed like savage animals, thirsty for wine, and later, for blood. However, Dickens doesn't only feel that they are savage animals, he also sees them as human beings who happen to lead unfortunate lives, "and a gloom gathered on the scene that appeared more natural to it than sunshine"(Dickens 37). Dickens uses specific word choices and details to convey his attitude towards the peasants.…show more content…
"Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth..." and "scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees-BLOOD" (Dickens 37-38). This shows the peasants as greedy, gatherers, instinctive, and animalistic. But not only are the people painted as animalistic, so is "Hunger," which is shown as the beast inside of this village, "Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse of anything to eat."(Dickens, 38) Hunger is skulking in the shadows, waiting for its next

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