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emziepie | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 12, 2008 at 5:30 AM via web

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Why is Death personified as a Farmer in Chapter 1 of "A Tale of Two Cities", "The Period?"

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2008 at 1:59 PM (Answer #1)

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In "Tale of Two Cities," hunger and poverty beseige Paris, so Death as a Farmer may be appropriate.  For, the famine of the farming class, the peasants, drives them to rebellion against the well-fed aristocrats that Dickens describes satirically in the chapter entitled "The Monseigneur."  In this chapter, attendants must aid the decadent lord as he attempts to drink his morning chocolate since has become so indolent and distracted that he is no longer capable of simple daily functions.

The able-bodied farmer is in sharp contrast to this arisocrat, also, and is, therefore representative of the starving peasant class who brings death to the aristocrats in the Revolution of 1789.

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