A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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At the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens writes, “every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other (14).” Throughout the novel, Dickens incorporates the theme of secrets to connect characters and add mystery to the story. The three characters with the significant secrets are Charles Darnay, Alexandre Manette, and Madame Defarge. Darnay, Manette, and Defarge are all of French blood, living in either France or England in the heat of the French Revolution. Charles Dickens chooses to write the book in 1859, more than half a century following the French Revolution, to show his beloved country of England how not to act in a time of national chaos. During A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay, Alexandre Manette, and Madame Defarge keep secrets that negatively impact other characters. In withholding his secret, Charles Darnay withholds himself from the people of England and his loved ones. “He had been known in England as Charles Darnay” but in France he was known as Charles Evrémonde, “the nephew of Monseigneur (125).” Monseigneur Evrémonde is despised by the peasants due to his malign actions against them: killing one of their children and making them pay “tax for the state, tax for the church, [and], tax for the lord (119)”, with money they didn 't have. Being related to a man such as this was degrading and shameful to someone like Charles Darany, this is why he keeps it a secret. Because of the hatred for is uncle,…
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