A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Essay

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Charles Dickens, the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, is well known for his skillful use of irony in moments of coincidence and chance within his stories. In one of his most famous books, A Tale of Two Cities, he showcases this skill by forming small connections between various characters throughout the story. These minute connections end up playing important, plot-twisting roles in the story. Dickens’ use of coincidence and chance weaves and enhances the plot, making readers consider how all of the precise details come into play as the plot thickens and shows that even the smallest detail can change a person’s fate. Dickens’ proficient use of irony through chance is shown through detailed character descriptions, the …show more content…
Charles Dickens, the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, is well known for his skillful use of irony in moments of coincidence and chance within his stories. In one of his most famous books, A Tale of Two Cities, he showcases this skill by forming small connections between various characters throughout the story. These minute connections end up playing important, plot-twisting roles in the story. Dickens’ use of coincidence and chance weaves and enhances the plot, making readers consider how all of the precise details come into play as the plot thickens and shows that even the smallest detail can change a person’s fate. Dickens’ proficient use of irony through chance is shown through detailed character descriptions, the relationships between characters, and their intertwined histories.
The coincidental resemblance between a lawyer’s assistant and a Frenchman accused of treason, ends up saving the life of an innocent man. Charles Darnay, a native Frenchman, has been making numerous trips between England and France, but cannot account for the work he has been doing. During Charles Darnay’s trial for treason, Sydney Carton, the assistant to Darnay’s lawyer, coincidentally notices a very similar resemblance between Charles and himself. Dickens writes, “They were sufficiently like each other to surprise, not only the witness, but everybody present, when they were thus brought into comparison” (Dickens 55). When everyone in the courthouse realizes the similarities between
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