Ironic Connections Essay

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In 1859, Charles Dickens wrote the timeless masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities. In this novel, Dickens draws people to his addictive novel with brilliant uses of irony he makes by using coincidences and connections between the characters who’s lives are being thrown into turmoil during the dark and violent times of the French Revolution. Dickens reveals these connections throughout the story, some the reader understands immediately, while others are slowly revealed as the reader becomes closer to the characters in the novel. As each page is turned, the reader makes more connections, each one filled with irony that gives an addictive quality to the book that pulls the reader deeper into the ...view middle of the document...

The irony that Dickens creates in this situation is that fact that Lorry’s strong loyalty to the Manette’s all starts when Lorry utters the words, “But he has been - been found. He is alive. Greatly changed, it is too probable; almost a wreck, it is possible; though we will hope the best. Still, alive. Your father has been taken to the house of an old servant in Paris, and we are going there: I, to identify him if I can: you, to restore him to life, love duty, rest, comfort.”, when he says this, he breaks his promise to Dr. Manette, but by breaking his promise, he also saves Manette’s life (Dickens 18-19). Charles Dickens uses consciences to bring irony into even the more minor characters.
Another major connection is Dr. Manette’s connection to Madame Defarge and the Marquis. When the Marquis sends for a doctor to help get him out of hurting a girl and her family, by coincidence that doctor happens to be Dr. Manette. Though, this is a seemingly unimportant coincidence, it actually has a huge impact on the entire novel. When Dr. Manette is asked to go look at the girl, who eventually ends up dying, he writes a letter describing his horrible experience there and how awful the Marquis and his twin were. Writing this letter ended up putting himself and his family in danger because when Charles Darnay, his son-in-law or the Marquis nephew, goes back to Paris, the sister of the girl who died, Madame Defarge, is out to kill Darnay and his family. However, Madame Defarge does not have a strong case against Darnay, until the letter that Dr. Manette wrote is found. With this letter, Madame Defarge can easily convince the peasants that Darnay must die, also the letter will help her build up a case against the rest of his family when the time comes. The irony of this situation is that by trying to do...

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