English: Political Philosophy and French Revolution Essay

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Small actions lead up to greater events. Rousseau’s “philosophy of the state” describes the fact that the Republican government “receives each member as an indivisible part of the whole”. It is very similar to Dickens’s belief when he describes Gaspard’s cruel death in the chapter “Knitting”. Gaspard’s death leads to an uprising in the hearts of many peasants. The minor action of Gaspard’s hanging starts to build the turmoil inside the commoners’ mind. It then leads to the French Revolution; similar to how trivial events lead up to a massive rebellion. Another event is when the peasants are cheering and crying for the king and queen. Defarge is pleased that the commoner’s are showing their allegiance leading the government on, hiding the thoughts of the rebellions, which in turn insinuates that something would soon lead up to an even larger disturbance. The revolution occurred because the commoner’s were not pleased with the way the government is operating. The nobles and monarchy were flourishing while the peasants were on their knees lapping up spilt wine on the street. With a better government, the people’s thoughts would be heard and the “public interest’s would govern” as thought of in Rousseau’s “Philosophy of the State”. Compared to the bad governing of the king, the Republic’s law would allow the commoner’s voice to be heard which would not lead to an uproar. Rousseau’s belief with Dickens’ knitting chapter, is that if everyone were pleased with the government, there would not be anger in the commoner’s mind, which could lead into a larger riot, as it did for the French Revolution. Another example reproving Dickens’ suggestion that no action is unacknowledged is when Gaspard kills the Marquis out of