A Tale of Two Cities | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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a-tale-of-two-cities-charles-dickensCharles Dickens1859EnglishBorn in Portsmouth, England, Charles Dickens grew up in London. His father went to debtors' prison, forcing Dickens to work at age 12. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens's presentation of the French Revolution serves as a warning against England repeating the same mistakes.CHARLES DICKENS1812–70Set in London and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities explores social injustices against both the lower and upper classes. Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the novel reveals how Lucie rescues her father, her husband, and another man.Recalled to LifeMAIN CHARACTERSNovelAuthorYear WrittenOriginal LanguageFormer aristocrat; married to LucieCharles DarnayEnglish lawyer; loves LucieSydney CartonLucie ManetteFrench heroine; married to CharlesThemesInjusticeDr. Manette is held prisoner for defending a peasant girl, and Charles is later imprisoned for his uncles crimes.ResurrectionLucie Manette rescues her father from revolutionary France, only to be immersed in another rescue—this time of her husband.ViolenceAbused peasants like Madame Defarge take their bloody revenge on the aristocracy.AuthorNarrator, Book 1, Chapter IA Tale of Two CitiesHistoricalFranceFrance symbolizes total chaos, violence, and danger. SymbolsThread & KnittingThread represents uniting people; knitting represents vengeance.Miss ProssLucies governesst was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...A Tale of Two Citiesby the NumbersYears Dr. Manette spends in prison18British spies who claim Charles Darnay is a traitor2Books into which Dickens divides A Tale of Two Cities3Narrator, Book 1, Chapter IJarvis LorryManettes trustee; Lucies guardianDr. Alexandre ManetteLucies father; formerly imprisoned in the BastilleJohn Barsad/Solomon ProssMiss Prosss long-lost brother; a spyMonsieur & Madame DefargeFrench revolutionariesDespite its faults, England symbolizes relative order and safety.England

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