A Tale Of Two Cities Report

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A Tale of two cities is a compelling tale written by Charles Dickens. The tale takes place in London and Paris. Main characters Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, and the Defarges are chronicled before the French Revolution and when the revolution begins throughout France. The author Charles Dickens explores the economic disparity between rich and poor within in the two cities and topics during enlightenment such as revolution in political thinking. In addition to establishing the time period Charles Dickens explores themes such as true friendship and love. What makes this story great is the use of the supporting characters such as Jarvis Lorry, Jerry Cruncher, Mr. ...view middle of the document...

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A tale of two cities clearly defines France as a site of Revolution, oppression and extreme poverty. The other tale of London is not so clear for some readers. In the beginning we find that London is not so different from France as far as the economic disparity between the two cities. The way each city is governed differs in regards to action taken against poor people. Higher nobles in France look at poor people as a problem and go out their way to cause physical harm and oppress them. The London nobility shares the same views but they will not go out of their way to oppress them. The tale of London can also be considered a safe haven or a place deemed a utopia compared to France. A prime example of this is when Dr. Manette is found in the beginning in a weakened state physically, spiritually and mentally. His daughter Lucie brings him to London and nurses him back to health. Charles Darnay is another character who escapes to London and renounces his name as a Evermonde and leads a life as a educator. We see throughout the story that when the revolution in France begins many of the French aristocrats flee to London to avoid any persecution from the French peasants. From my understanding of the text London is used to show similarities in the living conditions between rich and poor but shows how when those in the governing positions overstep boundaries and start to oppress people of the lower class they set themselves up for disaster and plant ideas of revolution within the area.
Throughout A Tale of Two Cities we are introduced to characters Ernest Defarge and his wife Madame Defarge. These characters are the face of the French revolution in the story. From my understanding of the text the primary difference between Ernest Defarge and his wife Madame Defarge differ is that Madame Defarge is more of a leader. She is actually the one making all of the decisions. Reading the story in the beginning you would assume that Ernest Defarge is the leader of the group. As the story progresses little small details such as Ernest Defarge looking at his wife for...

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