Love and hate are both emotions that people use to express themselves; though these two are complete ample opposites, they are also immensely related. Like tools, both factors are neither good nor bad.
It is how we use them that decide whether they contribute to harmony or conflict and if one is used, the other always plays a sufficient role. Charles Dickens connects both emotions within the characters and events to develop the famous novel, Tale of Two Cities. Love and hate are very perceptible emotions, allowing Dickens to effectively open his novel.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going to direct the other way”(picnickers). ” This quote elucidates how this time period is filled with great contractions and extremes, from good to bad, foreshadowing love and hate within the characters and society to come.Dickens too uses numerous characters to define the hateful tone developed in the novel, particularly seen in Madam Defanged.
In the book, Dickens uses her to express hate to the Everyone’s by sewing each of the victim’s names in the knitting. Madam Defanged openly states precisely what she is doing, in addition to how she is doing it. “But when it is ready, it takes its place, and grinds to pieces everything before it. In the meantime, it is always preparing, though it is not seen or heard”(picnickers).It is comprehended here that Madam Deferrer’s thirst or revenge reflects the anarchy (Aristocrats/Everyone’s) and bloodless of the French Revolution, establishing the mindset of hate in return for revenge. Love is a powerful and commanding tool, requiring people to go to extreme measures. However, hate will always be involved in these actions.
This is presented through Sydney Carton, one of the two men madly in love with the daughter of Dry. Nanette. Once Carton dies, his hate is exposed through his strong desire of not wanting Lucie to be dismayed of Charlie’s death. Before he is executed, his last words represent this.
Is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; It is a far, far better rest that I go to, that I have ever known”(Peggy Dickens). Carton consents to the position of Darn out of hate for the revolutionists, as well out of love for Lucie Nanette. Love and hate is portrayed as the main connection which link all the characters and events together during the course of the novel. By describing the relationships and conflicts between the characters and events, Charles Dickens has successfully divulged the equality of both emotions creating this successful novel.