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Passage Analysis in a Tale of Two CIties

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Kirtana Sragdhara

on 25 March 2014

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Transcript of Passage Analysis in a Tale of Two CIties

Tale of Two Cities Passage Analysis
Book 2, Chapter 5, page 82

"Waste forces within him, and a desert all around, this man stood still on his way across a silent terrace"(Dickens, 82)
"saw for a moment, lying in the wilderness before him, a mirage of honorable ambition, self denial, and perseverance"(Dickens,82)

Literary technique
Metaphor: "desert all around"
carton is hopeless like a desert has no hope for rain
"waste figures" represents his false view of himself as a heroic figure

Overall Function of the Passage
To further enhance the depth of Sidney Carton's character
how he relates to Darnay and how he views that relation
Carton's mindset
"Climbing to a high chamber in a well of houses, he threw himself down in his clothes on a neglected bed, and its pillow was wet with wasted tears."(Dickens, 82)
Carton knows circumstances are the reflection of his actions

angry with himself for believing he could be happy.

"Neglected bed" and "wasted tears" are effective diction that help to represent that Carton realize that he had decided his fate
"Sadly sadly the sun rose" is a contradiction.
"Sadly, Sadly" repetition.
"Let it eat him away" Carton allows his bad choice and qualities to consume him and refuses to attempt to reform his life.
Carton is envious of Darnay
Society does not see Carton for who he truly is
Imagery: house, Carton, room
Infer: social status, personality, attitude

"Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away."
5 year later Charles Darnay is on trial. He is saved by Sydney Carton and this passage is after the trial when Carton had just finished drinking with his friend and is contemplating his life.
Sensory Image
Literary Techniques
mirage of
honorable ambition, self denial, and perseverance
= doppelganger
Carton = Darnay's shadow
"wilderness" = Carton is lost
diction depicts glimmer of hope("love and graces looked apon him")
tone change(negative-positive-negative)
Lucie= Darnay`s ideal women

Literary Technique
Plot Summary
"In the fair city of this vision, there were airy galleries from which the loves and graces looked upon him" (Dickens,82)
Allusion to Greek myth of Tantalus
Carton is being mocked by Darnay's presence
He sees Darnay using the potential he once had
Syntax: "A moment and it was gone"
Literary Technique
"gardens in which the fruits of life hung ripening, waters of Hope that sparkled in his sight. A moment, and it was gone." (Dickens, 82)
A theme could be identified in the first sentence of Book 1 Ch. 3 Page 9
"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other ...that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest to it!"
Literary Techniques
Literary Techniques
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