The Wine-Shop Passage In A Tale Of Two Cities

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In Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities, “The Wine-Shop” passage, the most revealing symbol is “stained”, which creates such vivid imagery exposing the atmosphere of affliction and hardship. The abstract of this symbol is deprivation, in which the people of Saint Antoine are forced to live through. The imagery that this symbol exposes the suffering and poverty of Saint Antoine. In this passage, a cask of wine is shattered and the residents of Saint Antoine rush over to drink every last drop from their hands before the wine trickles into the cracks of the ground. The wine “had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes” (4). Dickens cleverly uses the repetition of the word “and”, which symbolizes

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