One of the most important parts to a classic story is knowing where the story is taking place, and the events that are happening. When I learned that Tale of Two Cities was based on the French Revolution, I was filled with excitement because it is one of my favorite era’s that I studied in history. The story takes place around the late 1700’s and describes events that occurred before the French Revolution.
When I was little my Dad was obsessed with The Beatles, and the obsession eventually over came me. We had a vinyl record player that played the best of Abbey Road. Since I always try to relate music to the mood of the book (I have specific playlists to fit the moods of the best books I read. It’s really sad, I know.) The first song that came to my head while reading this book was Revolution by The Beatles.
“You say you wan’t a revolution, well you know we all want to change the world”
Life was really tough for France in the late 1700’s, and it didn’t help that the King Louis XVI was letting the people of France starve to death. The upper class was not aware of what was going on due to the fact that they were living a luxurious life. Parents were sick of seeing their children go without food, so there was no limit to what they would do; They needed change fast.
“A large cask of wine had been dropped. All the people within reach had suspended their business, or their idleness, to run to the spot and drink the wine. Some men kneeled down, made scoops of their two hands joined, and sipped, or tried to help women, who bent over their shoulders, to sip, before the wine had all run out between their fingers. Other 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.”
This quote describes the desperation with the people, and how they are willingly able to turn into savages to get any type of nutrition into their body. A mother was even desperate enough to feed her baby wine because the options were so slim. Looking back at what happened in history puts into perspective about the things we should be thankful for and the opportunities we have.