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A Tale of Two Cities

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Lisa Jin

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities By: Charles Dickens Charles Dickens Historical Context Setting Plot Symbols Characters Author's style 1775 London, England Mr. Lorry What exactly happened in the book?
All sorts of crazy twists and turns with
love, sacrifice, action, and insanity. Boots- inescapeable past

Broken Keg- Deep red color symbolizes blood and Wine-to-blood symbolizes brutality.

Telsons- a representation of the city because it is so run down, falling apart, and broken due to the poor economy

Marquis- is a representation of the evil and corrupt social order

Knitting- Madame Defarge is condeming people to death

Golden Thread- Lucie holds everyone together

Tone and Mood Big Ideas How the Book was Received England France England France Third person viewpoint: all-knowing narrator Extensive use of foreshadowing
historical details Astute observations, engaging and detailed imagery king with a large jaw queen with a plain face Mere messages in the earthly order of events had lately come to the English Crown and People, from a congress of British subjects in America a king with a large jaw a queen with a fair face rolled with exceeding
smoothness down hill,
making paper money
and spending it. Jerry Cruncher Lucie Dr. Manette Charles Darnay Mr. Defarge Madame Defarge Syndey Carton Miss Pross Mr. Stryver Marquis Evremond Paris, France Madame Defarge Vicious


Violent Sydney Carton Young man



Secretly sensitive Lucie Very young



“golden thread” Mr. Lorry Works for Tellson’s Bank

Older man

Good friend to the Manette’s A Tale of Two Cities The Characters Miss Pross Loyal

Caring Monsieur Defarge Loyal

Smart Mr. Stryver Older man


Confident Charles Darnay Young man



Secret identity Marquis Evremond French Aristocrat


Cold Hearted

Shallow Dr. Manette Older man

Looney but genius

“every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other” Jerry Cruncher Gruff

Younger man

Also works for Tellson’s

Strange Tone Inevitability Resurrection


Violence physical
emotional national level
personal level "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." during revolutions Dickens was concerned about social problems in England
did not want to provoke a mass reaction- relating to the condition of the poor
disappointment to critics
contrasts reaffirm the stability of England.
Not so much about the French Revolution Recommendations? Adds suspense, drama to plot
The author knows how events will unfold "For, the time was to come, when the gaunt scarecrows of that region should have watched the lamplighter, in their idleness and hunger, so long, as to conceive the idea of improving on his method, and hauling up men by those ropes and pulleys, to flare upon the darkness of their condition." "[Old Bailey] was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent." "[Monseigneur's] morning chocolate could not so much as get into the throat of Monseigneur, without the aid of four strong men....Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died at two." Sarcasm/Satire Mood Dark and Ominous Murky, mysterious scene at Dover mail route "There was a steaming mist in all the hollows, and it had roamed in its forlornness up the hill, like an evil spirit, seeking rest and finding none." Comic Relief Jerry Cruncher: throws boot at wife, uneducated and superstitious "...the florid countenance of Mr. Stryver might be daily seen, bursting out of the bed of wigs, like a great sunflower pushing its way at the sun..." Ridiculous imagery Becomes more compact, journalistic descriptions, detective mystery Claustrophobic and insecure Characters are blundering around, changed laws, street mobs, new characters
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