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A Tale Of Two Cities
Transcript of A Tale Of Two Cities
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Plot Summary Continued
Basic Plot Summary
Madame Defarge wanted to diminish the Evrémonde family because they killed Madame Defarge’s older brother and sister. She used her influence and power to get Charles Darnay arrested right after he was released. When she attempted to have Lucie killed, Mrs. Pross got into a fight with her, which led to Madame Defarge's death.
• Another spy named John Barsad goes to the Defarge's wine shop to try and get information about the revolution.
• Back to the wedding, Darnay tells Manette his true identity and he goes into relapse while they are on their honeymoon.
• When they return the revolution begins. The peasants storm the Bastille and kill anyone with money.
• Charles receives a letter from the Marquis' servant who is tending the property in Paris.
• Charles is immediately arrested for coming back to Paris.
• Manette uses his influence to get Darnay a trial and then get him acquitted.
• Later that night he is re-arrested.
• At the trial a letter is presented written by Manette while he was in prison.
• Darnay is sentenced to death.
• Sydney Carton comes up with a master plan to save Darnay and Lucie.
• Carton is executed, but the Manette and the Darnays flee safely.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest than I go to than I have ever known.”
The knitting of Madame Defarge symbolizes fate for the names that are put into her register.
When the aristocrats had power in France; they took advantage of it and mistreated the poor. When the lower class overthrew the rich, they in return mistreated the rich. They took advantage of their powers to do horrible deeds, such as killing others, and there was no repercussions for committing these crimes.
The peasants and poor people of France were treated terribly, as if they were trash. When the French Revolution started, the tides turned. Later on, the rich people were the ones treated poorly and executed even if they were innocent. Just having the name of an infamous family was a death sentence. When the rich had control of France, they treated peasants like trash and when the poor took control, the rich were treated the same way they treated the less fortunate.
• Everything is well in London, but Paris is a whole different story.
• Back in Paris the Marquis runs over a small boy, and acts as if he did nothing wrong.
• Later that night he is killed by "Jacques"
• Darnay is the Marquis' nephew but he does not want to take over due to how his family has mistreated the poor.
• Jerry Cruncher sees a funeral procession for an accused spy named Roger Cly, followed by an angry mob in London.
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There is speculation that Lucie Manette was a character based off of Dickens’ affair with young actress Ellen Ternan. She is said to be physically similar to Lucie.
-Now it is 1780 and they brought Dr. Manette back to London where they live very modestly.
• Charles Darnay is on trial for treason, and both Lucie and Manette were witnesses because they met Darnay on the way back to England.
• He is acquitted because another man in attendance, named Sydney Carton, looks identical to him.
• Over time both Darnay and Carton fall in love with Lucie.
• Darnay and Lucie would eventually get married and have two kids. A girl named Lucie, and a boy who died very young.
• The year is 1775. Mr. Lorry is riding on a mail coach from London to Dover where he eventually will go to Paris.
• He meets a beautiful young woman named Lucie Manette.
• When they get to Saint Antoine; a poor suburb of Paris they find Defarge and Mme. Defarge.
• Dr. Manette is in terrible condition, and has obsessed over shoe-making to try and get his mind off his time in prison.
• When he sees Lucie, he is unsure who she is at first, but when he realizes it is her, he gets all happy and starts to cry.
The Frozen Deep
"The Frozen deep" was a play that Dickens acted in in 1857. He played a character named Wardour who plots to kill a man who stole his true love. Instead Wardour ends up sacrificing himself to save him and the women has eternal gratitude to him.
What Goes Around Comes
vengeance leads to
This quote represents the struggle between the good and bad at the same time. It was a great time for the poor which just gained more power in society. But, at the same time it was bad for the rich because the executions of the upperclass were based on a biased court. They did not have a fair trial. Good and evil were taking place at the same time. For some it was a time of hope and for others it was a time of despair.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. . . .”
"The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground of the narrow street in the suburb of Saint Antoine, in Paris, where it was spilled. It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes. The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a night-cap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees—blood."
This quote is important because it foreshadows what will occur later on in the book. The wine represented the blood that will be spilling on the streets of Saint Antoine. The "greedy" ones will be the ones who take control of the revolution and they will thirst for blood, just like they were thirsty for the wine. Even the mothers with their childeren will be covered in blood.
"I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out. . . ."
This quote is important because it shows that good will persevere and overcome evil. There will be dark times but the sun will eventually come out. The people of France both rich and poor had bad times but they persevered and conquered evil. France then became a prosperous country after the dark times wore off.
The repetition of similar constructed phrases, clauses, or sentences within a short section.
The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships.
Dickens foreshadows the end of the novel when Carton tells Lucie. “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything”
To present an indication or a suggestion of beforehand.
At the end of the book, Carton finally finds the meaning of his life by dying.
A seemingly contradictory statement, idea, or event that still has valid meaning.
Bridging the Gap
In "A Tale of Two Cities" Carton sacrifices
his life for Darnay. Carton loves Lucie also
which is similar to Dickens' part in the play that he acted in. This aspect of the plot in "A Tale of Two Cities" is based on the plot from "The Frozen Deep".
When Dickens's father was
arrested for unpaid taxes Dickens
had to leave school at the age of 12. He
had to help support his family by getting
a job at a boot-making factory outside of
the river Thames.
In the novel, Mr. Manette took up shoe making
while inprisoned at the Bastille. Whenever he got into a low mental state in the story he would begin to make shoes. The shoemaking in the Book represents a dark time just as it did for Dickens because Dickens had to leave school to make boots.
Dickens had OCD and looked in the
mirror and combed his hair multiple times a day. He would also rearrange furniture often
if it wasn't "perfect".
One More Fact!!!
Just as some of his other characters had odd nicknames (like Pip in Great Expectations), Dickens gave every one of his ten children nicknames like "Skittles", "Lucifer Box" and "Plorn."