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A Tale of Two Cities Review PPT

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Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens Prominent Characters Part I: Characteristics/ What they represent in the novel
1. Charles Darnay-Doesn’t like being snobbish like his uncle.
2. Sydney Carton-Takes Darnay’s spot for execution because he loves Lucie.
3. Dr. Manette-Lucie’s dad who was imprisoned and made shoes to pass the time.
4. Lucie Manette-Wife of Darnay; an archetype of compassion
5. Monsieur DeFarge-Revolutionary; not as crazy as his wife. Prominent Characters Part II: 6. Madame DeFarge-Crazy revolutionary who has a lust for vengeance.
7. Jarvis Lorry-Family friend to the Manettes who is worried about business.
8. Jerry Cruncher-Poor guy who digs up dead people.
9. Ms. Pross-Worked at Manette house. Is usually calm but kills Madame DeFarge.
10. Marquis Evermonde-Rich snob who was Darnay’s uncle. By: Harshvir Butter, Rebekah Lizama, and ShihZan Yao A Tale of Two Cities AP Literature Novel Review Major Plot Events Lorry reunites Lucie wither her father. Charles Darnay goes on trial for treason. Sydney Carton helps Darnay get free by talking about their physical resemblance. Darnay goes to France to meet his uncle Marquis Evermonde, a guy who does not respect the poor. The Marquis is then murdered by revolutionaries. Darnay marries Lucie and on the wedding night he reveals his identity to Dr. Manette. The French Revolution begins in 1789, and the peasants in Paris storm the Bastille, the prison where Dr. Manette was kept. Gabelle, a man arrested for burning Evermonde’s house, calls for Darnay to help him get out of jail. Darnay goes to France and once he arrives is arrested for being an immigrant. Dr. Manette uses his considerable influence to get Darnay out of jail but the same night he is arrested again and is put back on death row. Sydney Carton devises a plan to save Darnay because he knows that if Darnay dies Lucie will be devastated. He decides to switch places with Darnay and allow him to escape with the Manettes out of France. Point of View The point of view is third person omniscient and reveals people’s thoughts and emotions while putting them in historical context. Notable Text Structure Features There are three separate books showing the rising action. The first book was before the revolution. The second book is based on arrests and trials. The third book discusses when people are executed. Climax of the Story The climax of the story is when Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay switch places. Charles ends up leaving France while Sydney is executed in his place. Resolution: The resolution is Sydney finally finds some sort of love and Charles Darnay escapes with his family. Major Themes/Philosophical Arguments of the Work People have a tendency to be violent and oppressive during revolutions.
Levels of wealth determine people’s place in society especially during revolutions.
Sacrificing yourself for your loved ones is sometimes necessary. Major Literary Devices: Dramatic irony: When Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay switch (we know, but the rest of the people don’t)
Simile: The cask outside Monsieur Defarge’s wine shop “lay on its side like a cracked walnut shell.”
Metaphor: Lucie is a golden thread because she connects and holds everyone together.
Foreshadowing: When the wine spills on the street it foreshadows the bloodshed that would occur on the same streets.
Hyperbole: Miss Pross exaggerates that Lucie has hundred of suitors. List of Significant Quotes: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human…”
“The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground…”
“Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh…”
“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss…” The End #RNS #RNS #RNS #RNS #RNS #RNS
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