A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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A time of uneasiness, anxiety, and misery, the French Revolution was a trying time for all involved, even the characters crafted by Charles Dickens’ imagination. Charles Dickens’ strongly enforces the hardships of this arduous era in his remarkable novel, A Tale of Two Cities, while exhibiting his keen ability to leave hints for the readers, allowing them to predict upcoming events in his skillfully fashioned plot. Dickens utilizes vivid imagery to construct menacing settings. He presents his characters as impulsive to indicate the possibility of their future cruelty and relentlessness. He describes Sydney Carton’s love for Lucie Manette in such depth as to explain Carton’s readiness to abandon his own life for the sake of hers. In A Tale…show more content…
In the following chapters, Dickens frequently mentions an approaching storm. The ominously described storm effectively acts as a clue for the nearing mayhem of the revolution and of the lives of those involved. When Sydney Carton states, “it comes surely” (77), he notes the inescapability of the storm and describes the revolution as unable to be subdued. Dickens’ characters understand the great challenge they are about to take part in, yet they remain untroubled. The subsequent description of the Marquis’ stony château reveals his indifference towards others’ suffering. This description: “…a heavy mass of building, that château of Monsieur the Marquis, with a large stone court-yard before it, and two stone sweeps of staircase meeting in a stone terrace before the principal door. A stony business altogether, with heavy balustrades, and stone urns, and stone flowers, and stone faces of men, and stone heads of lions, in all directions” (90), along with the cruel actions of the Marquis, which include refusing to provide a desperate woman with a tombstone for her husband and killing an innocent child with his carriage, craft his detestable portrayal. It is this revolting characterization of the Marquis that allows the readers to foresee the vengeful escapades of the commoners. Unfortunately, for him and for the entire company of nobles who mistreat others, the lower class will not be
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