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Tale of Two Cities
Transcript of Tale of Two Cities
However fictional, plot was inspired from Thomas Carlyle's "History of the French Revolution" and the real-world events he described.
Dickens also shared Carlyle's belief that the French Revolution was inspired by the cruelty and abuse the French poor endured from the reign of corrupt nobility.
Published in installments in Dickens' own weekly journal.
Some scholars say "A Tale of Two Cities" was a loosely inspired by Dickens' own life and an affair with an 18 year old actress.
Lucie Manette Connections One can draw comparisons to the story of "Les Misérables".
The revolutionaries in the book are all called "Jacques". This can bring a whole new meaning to the song "Frère Jacques".
The Monseigneur tries to use his money to fix things, much like people in today's culture.
The French citizens work toward a revolution even though they don't know if they'll be able to participate, much like soldiers today.
Though today's society doesn't use guillotines and gallows to show their anger, they still use violence.
People today still strive for revenge on those who have wronged them.
Just like Charles faced when he returned to France, today's security is very excessive.
The "resurrection" of Dr. Manette and the "sacrifice" of Sydney Carton show the prevalence of Christ-like virtues. Basic Plot Literary Merit Use of historical events that people have background knowledge of (i.e. The Bible, French Revolution.)
Corruptive nature of society.
Theme of sacrificing for the benefit of others.
Theme of resurrection
Uprising of the people in unfavorable times (usually leads to some sort of violent revolt).
It's by Dickens....what could give a book more merit than that?????? Tirzah, Keith, Laura, Grant, & Chara A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Mr. Lorry takes a young lady, Miss Mannette to see her father, Dr. Mannette, who she thought was dead from being held in the Bastille. They travel to France to retrieve him. When they get to Paris, France, Mr. Lorry and Lucie find Mannette being held by a Mr. Defarge, who owns a wine shop. They take Mannette home to London with them and Lucie Mannette "brings him back to life" from the trauma he's gone through (he copes by making shoes at a little bench he owns). A flashback and a trip to France reveals the distress of the people, who are starving and angry. A revolution is sure to ensue. Five years later, we meet Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton in a court room. They are similar looking but rather different in character. Carton feels as though he has no worth and is a heavy drinker. Darnay has aspirations for his life. Carton and Darnay both have a love for Lucie. Dr. Mannette has recovered from his time in the Bastille, thanks to Lucie's love, and now that he is well (except for not remembering anything from his past) many people call on him to doctor them. A mysterious letter arrives from an old prison found in London tower. This greatly upsets Dr. Mannette.What could his past hold? We then flash over to France and witness the brutality of the rich French people and how they treat the poor. We meet a particular Mr. Marquis, who is especially cruel to the poor. Charles Darnay happens to be his nephew and has come to visit him telling the Marquis that he has no intentions of inheriting anything from him and rejects his gruesome and rich ways. The next day the Marquis is found dead A year later Darnay tells Dr. Mannette that he wants to marry Lucie. On their wedding day Danay tells Dr. Mannette something in private that really bothers Mannette. Once the newlyweds leave, Mannette does not do well once the two are gone. Carton tells Lucie of his love for her without actually telling her (explicitly) that
he loves her Charles Dickens was born in 1812 to Elizabeth and John Dickens. Throughout his life he worked as a novelist, journalist, and editor. A few years pass and Lucie and Darnay have a baby girl Meanwhile in France, the French people are forwarding their money from the Paris branch of Telleson's bank to the London one showing how the revolution is picking up Lorry is asked to come to the Paris branch to protect it, Darnay decided to secretly go along to help out a friend. Other works of his include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations. DARNAY IS ARRESTED IN FRANCE! Danay's family goes to France. We learn that Dr. Mannette believes he can save his son in law because he was held in the Bastille and will be seen as a hero. He comes from a large, poor, family, and at age 12, was forced to work to pay off their debt. Darnay is kept in confinement for two years, Mannette trys to get him out the entire time. Darnay is set free through a trial that Mannette testifies at. But he is only thrown back into prison the next day! They find out that the prisoners are going to be killed at the guillotine, Darnay among them. Darnay is convicted for being the nephew of the Marquis who mercilessly oppressed the french peasants. To add to the anger, Madame Defarge, married to the man who saved Dr. Mannette wants him killed because of a long line connecting him to an indecent with strife between the rich and the peasants of France from a long time ago. "La Carmagnole"
--A song from the French Revolution that commonly involved a violent dance Miss Pross (maid), Carton, and Jerry Cruncher find Pross's long lost brother. They piece together that he is a spy in the prison Darnay is in. Carton devises a secret plan and talks to Lorry and gets the family ready to flee the country. Carton gets himself sneaked into the prison thanks to the connection and leverage of knowing that Pross's brother is a spy. Darnay is surprised to see Carton in the prison. Carton distracts Darnay and then convinces him to change cloths with him. Darnay starts to catch on and says not to switch places with him, because then they'll both die, Darnay is sure they'll be caught. Carton drugs Darnay and gets the spy to take him out to a carriage that's waiting for him and he remains in Darnay's place disguised as him in the prison The family escapes to the country side thanks to the help of family's friends Carton dies at the guillotine in Darnay's place! Although he has wasted so many years, his life finally has meaning and he dies at peace in his heart. His life experiences gave him substantial material to base his writing on Dickens gained popularity for his books by making them easily available by allowing people to pay in installments His literary career first took off in journalism with the success of his journal "Pickwick Papers" Dickens married and had 10 children with Catherine Hogarth, but later left her for actress Ellen Ternan. He died in 1870 from a stroke and is buried in Westminster Abbey. HE LOVED ME FIRST!!! Whatevs. He's mine now... No wonder I died of a stroke. Ladies, please. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of
times . . . it was the season of Light, it was the
season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it
was the winter of despair . . ."