Madame Defarge was a calm, mysterious woman at the beginning, but she became a crazed revolutionist towards the end.
Madame Defarge, a wine shop owner in Saint Antoine, Paris is the antagonist in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Dickens describes Defarge as a 'stout woman with a watchful eye that seldom seemed to look at anything, a large hand heavily ringed, a steady face, strong features and great composure of manner.
Madame Defarge acts rudely and violently towards the other characters in the book.
Darnay, Lucie, Little Lucie: she was merciless
"Madame Defarge looked, coldly as ever, at the suppliant,.."
Book 3, Chapter 3: Page 3
“Judge you! Is it likely that the suffering of one wife and mother would matter much to us now?”
Book 3, Chapter 3: Page 4
This quote was Madame Defarge's reaction to Lucie's plea for mercy for her husband. Madame showed no mercy or care for Lucie's request and simply walked out after responding.
“Woman imbecile and pig-like!” said Madame Defarge, frowning” Book 3: Chapter 14: Page 7. Madame Defarge’s words to Miss Pross when she went to the Darnay residence to kill Lucie
“But, imbued from her childhood with a brooding sense of wrong, and an inveterate hatred of a class, opportunity had developed her into a tigress. She was absolutely without pity. If she had ever had the virtue in her, it had quite gone out of her.” Book 3, Chapter 14: Page 3
This quote shows Defarge’s hatred towards the Evremonde family.
Other characters see Madame Defarge as a scary and merciless woman.
“You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer,” said Miss Pross, in her breathing.
Book 3 Chapter 14: Page 6
Those who sided with Defarge saw her as brave, strong, and great.
“What an admirable woman; what an adorable woman!” exclaimed Jacques Three, rapturously. “Ah, my cherished!” cried The Vengeance; and embraced her.”
Book 3 Chapter 14: Page 3
Madame's Defarge's action were unwise. She went blood-thirsty for power after murdering everyone and wanted to kill even more people afterward. Har actions were just full of anger, resentment, and hatred towards the Evremondes. There was no real purpose for killing everyone who was linked with the Evremondes. It wasn't just but instead, it was rash and impulsive actions. When she tried to confront Lucie while she was grieving over Charles despite already having a positive conviction but ended up getting killed in the process. Her thirst for bloodshed ended up being her demise and in the end, no one benefited from the killing of those innocent people.
Author's opinions on madame
Motivation and theme sOng
“I'll have you know
That I've become
Determination that is incorruptible
That their opponent had to be invincible
Take a last look around while you're alive
I'm an indestructible
Master of war
I carry out my orders without a regret
No hesitation when I am commanded to strike”