A Tale Of Two Cities LA
A Tale of Two Cities
This paper is a literary analysis over the book A Tale of Two Cities, written by
Charles Dickens. It contains information about the author, plot, and characters in
the story. Devices and styles used to complete the book are also in this paper.
On February 7, 1812 in Portsea, Charles Dickens began his life. His father, John
Dickens, spent little time with Charles. The family lived in poverty and John
was in prison much of the time. When Charles was two, the family moved to
London. At age twelve, Charles worked in a factory pasting labels on bottles of
shoe polish. He only worked there for a few months, but it was a miserable
experience that would remain with him his whole life.
Dickens attended school until he was fifteen. He always enjoyed reading, and
especially adventure stories, fairy tales, and novels. Authors like William
Shakespeare, Tobias Smollet, and Henry Fielding greatly influenced his work.
However, most of the knowledge he used as an author came from his
environment around him. In the late 1820s, Dickens became a newspaper writer
and reporter. Dickens= first book, Sketches by Boz, written in 1836, consisted of
articles he wrote for the London Chronicles. After he married Catherine Hogarth
in 1836, his first work printed in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
This was the beginning of his career.
When Dickens was twenty-four, he became famous for the rest of his life. His
first fame came with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club with
Dickens= adventure stories. Other works followed such as, Great Expectations,
A Tale of Two Cities, and Our Mutual Friend.
In 1837, Catherine=s sister Mary, died. Dickens suffered much grief. This led
some scholars to believe that Dickens loved Mary more than Catherine. Dickens
and Catherine had ten children in all. In 1958 the couple separated. Through his
life, Dickens was an actor, a conjurer, a poet, a lecturer, and an editor. Dickens
had a remarkable mental and physical energy. This led to involvement in many
organizations until 1865 when Dickens health started to decline. In 1870
Dickens died of a stroke. The world remembers him as one of the best authors in
In two basic locations the story takes place. The main action is in England and
France during the French revolution. The action begins in 1775 at Tellson=s
bank in England, then it moves to France in a wine shop where the rebels have
headquarters. Tellson=s bank in England is also a rebel base. The people in
France are poor and the nobles keep getting richer. This leads to dirty streets and