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Book Report: "A Tale Of Two Cities" By Charles Dickens

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Book EvaluationSetting: "A Tale of Two Cities" is written by Charles Dickens and it takes place in France and England beginning in 1775. It's told in third person until the end when Sydney Carton overtakes the narrator and talks in first person for the last few paragraphs of the novel.Protagonist: Charles Darnay is a young French aristocrat by birth but he chooses to live in England because he hates the French social system. He is virtuous in his rejection of the cruel values of his family and refuses to be a part of it. This is why he chooses the name Darnay instead of his real name Evremonde which is his family's name. He is motivated by love from Lucie Manette.Antagonist: Ernest Defarge, and his wife, Madame Defarge, are key leaders and officials of the revolution. Madame Defarge is the major antagonist with an unforgiving eye who seeks revenge on the Evremonde family for killing her family. She is stubborn and vengeful in her scheme to kill all heirs of the Evremonde family, including Charles, and the Manettes. Her hatred for the aristocrats and their treatment of the poor people of France turns her into a blood thirsty tigress. She constantly knits names into shrouds that will be the victims of the revolution.3 important characters: Sydney Carton is an alcoholic attorney. He has no real goals and regards himself as useless. His only love is Lucie. His love eventually transforms his identity into a man of profound merit. He looks very similar to Charles Darnay which helps him complete his transformation.Doctor Manette is Lucie's father and a master physician who was imprisoned for eighteen years in Bastille. As he overcomes his past as a prisoner, he shows himself to be a loyal, loving father who wants nothing more than his daughter to be happy.Lucie Manette is a young French woman, but she grew up in England because it was assumed that her parents were dead. She learns her father was "recalled to life" after believing she had no family for so long. She is compassionate, loving, and binds a family of her own together. She will do anything for her father, and even turns a jackal (Carton) into a hero.Essay on plot and identification of climax: On a cold November night in 1775, Mr. Jarvis Lorry, who works for Tellson's Bank, tells a messenger who stops his mail coach to return with the message, "Recalled to Life," That evening in a Dover hotel he meets Lucie Manette, a young woman whom Lorry brought to England as an orphaned child many years earlier and who he is now to return with to France to recover her father, recently released from prison after eighteen years.The year is now 1780 and Charles Darnay is charged with treason before a court in England. Stryver is his defendant, but does no good for him until Sydney Carton the assistant points out that his own face is very similar to Darnay's and it would be hard to tell the difference between many men. Darnay is acquitted. Carton and Darnay have a few drinks afterwards and it is evident that...

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