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During the time of mass upheaval in France, Dickens describes very atrocious things acts that the violent mob does commits to those who it considers the enemy; things it would not do during peaceful times. “Seven faces there were, carried higher, seven dead faces, whose dropping eyelids and half-seen eyes awaited the Last Day…Seven prisoners released, seven glory heads on pikes” (Dickens 223). Depicting the beheading of the seven guards of the Bastille, Charles Dickens creates a feeling of disgust at the actions of the revolutionary mob. However, he also implies that the guards’ heads would not be put on spikes if the Bastille did not have any prisoners. In other words, Dickens explains that the mob, even though it does some horrible things, only acts upon the “believed” good dead. In this case, it rescues innocent, peasants locked away in the Bastille and kills the evil oppressors of the innocent prisoners. Thus the revolutionaries act violently and in a completely demented way because of the bloody attitude of the revolution, meaning that no aristocrat shall live. They would not act this way if they
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1B taught by Professor Pugh during the Winter '08 term at Berkeley.

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