This Essay Talks About How The Book Tale Of Two Cities Is Related To Actual History. This Essay Focuses On The Event That Inspired This Timeless Book.

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A Tale of Two Cities is a book inspired by the time period right before the beginning of the French Revolution that began in 1789. When the story begins, it is a dark, cold, and foggy night in late November of 1775. Mr. Jarvis Lorry, the main character, is leaving London for Paris in a coach for a business trip when he is approached by a ghastly, indefinite figure. This unidentified person turns out to be man named Jerry with a message for Jarvis. The message informs Lorry that Lucie's, his adopted daughter's, father is alive and in Paris. This mysterious and frightening setting prepares you for the confusing and appealing introduction to the main characters and the plot. This setting is important because it reveals what life was like in this time period like in the beginning line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" (ch1). There was a humungous gap between the lower, poor class and the upper, wealthy class. The bigger class, the lower class, suffered from many problems. Some of these problems were hunger, unemployment, too much work, and it was overcrowding in their living areas. During this depressing time, poor people were mistreated if they were found guilty of or suspected of revolt.In the beginning of the novel, Mr. Jarvis Lorry is on his way to reunite Dr. Manette and his daughter Lucie. Dr. Manette has never known his daughter or anything about her due to his wrongful imprisonment for eighteen long, lonely years. He spent most of his daughter's life in an attic producing shoes. Then, five years after the reunion of Dr. Manette and Lucie, Lucie marries Charles Darnay. Sydney Carton, the defense lawyer that is drunk often, secret loves Lucie too. The night before the wedding Charles Darnay confesses to Dr. Manette that he is living under an assumed name. He reluctantly admits to Dr. Manette that he is a member of the French ruling class named Charles Evremonde. But he tells Dr. Manette that he does not wish to continue his life in France and wants to settle down in England with Lucie. Lucie gives birth to a daughter. During this time unrest is permeating throughout the area, especially in St. Antoine. Later Darnay learns that a former servant is in danger and goes to assist the former servant at the servant's request. On the way there, Darnay is caught and arrested for being an expatriate. He is imprisoned. Upon hearing this, Dr. Manette and Lucie rush to Paris to free...

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