Grade 10 S English
23 November, 2018
Literary Analysis Journals 1
“The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground of the narrow street in the suburb of Saint Antoine, in Paris, where it was spilled. It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes. The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a night-cap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees—BLOOD.
The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there.” ( Dickens 28 )
In the passage of “A Tale Of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens found in Book the First Chapter 5 demonstrates the desperation of the people in France. Dickens illustrate the desperation of the people by describing how they slurped and drank the spilled wine despite it being on the dirty ground. This was shown in “the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained” (Dickens 28). The women is shown to be stained with the red wine and those who were desperately trying to drink the wine off the ground.
Through this passage, Dickens portray the people in France as people who are suffering from hunger. He indirectly shows the hunger of the people in “ it had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes” (Dickens 28). By looking at this line, we can conclude that the people were so hungry, that they did not care if the wine was on the ground. The people could not careless if they would be covered in mud or stained with the red wine as long as they could get a sip of the wine. This shows they’re desperation to surpass th...