The Storming of The Bastille

Reflection on the Women

Work Time

When you and your partner have completed your analysis, join with another partner group as directed and discuss the following.

  • What is the impression that you get of the women in these scenes?
  • Why do you think that Dickens makes this allusion to the Bacchae (women followers of Dionysus)?
  • These women are not like Lucie or like the Victorian ideal. In fact, what is the image of Madame Defarge here? Point to key passages that describe her actions in these chapters. In particular, review the paragraph from Chapter 21 that begins, “In the howling universe ...”

When your group has completed discussing the questions, rejoin the rest of the class and share your thoughts.