A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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The French Revolution was a time of great fear for the people of France. This period in time had brought death to an immense number of innocent people, often accused of things such as being a spy and giving away French information. Consequently, these “guilty” people were silenced for their actions by death from the guillotine. Despite these horrific acts, there was a revival of French spirit after the Revolution had ended, in the sense that the French are resurging after being an inch from death. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens shows the reader that the general idea of resurrection can occur at any given point of time. The novel is set in two cities, London and Paris, during the French Revolution. The story begins with Mr. Lorry, an official from Tellson’s Bank in London, and Lucie Manette as they make their way to Paris to save Lucie’s father, Alexandre Manette. Previously, Mr. Lorry was informed that he was alive after Alexandre had disappeared for eighteen years due to his imprisonment in Bastille. The two of them find Lucie’s father in the house of Monsieur Defarge, who is a wine-seller in Paris. Manette is found in a mentally damaged state of mind where he was cobbling shoes for comfort. Lucie and Lorry take Manette home, where Lucie nursed her father back to health. Within five years, he was doing much better, and a man named Charles Darnay became involved in the story. He is a Frenchman who is on trial for the accusations that he is a traitor and a spy.
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