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…
Later on, coincidentally, Darnay and Lucie get married, and Carton becomes very involved with their family. In the end, Carton switches places with Charles Darnay, the man he once hated, to save his life for Lucie’s happiness. Therefore, if Sydney Carton had not recognized the parallels between Charles Darnay and himself, the life of Charles Darnay would not have been spared, and Lucie Manette would have lived a disconsolate life. However, the fate of the innocent man is soon to be altered by a rekindled relationship between three important people. Charles Darnay’s fate is changed again by an impromptu reunion of a certain brother and sister, John Barsad and Miss Pross. On an afternoon in Paris, Miss Pross, Lucie’s caretaker, and Jerry Cruncher, the honest tradesman, walk through the streets of Paris, and stop by the Defarge’s wine-shop on the streets of St. Antoine. Dickens writes, “After peeping into several wine-shops, she stopped at the sign of the Good Republican Brutus of Antiguity” (227). Out of all the wine-shops in Paris, Miss Pross coincidentally ends up in the same wine-shop that her estranged brother John Barsad is in, too. This is an example of chance because two characters, that have not seen each other in many years, happen to reunite because of one, minute decision on Miss Pross’ preference of wine. Sydney Carton also enters the wine-shop, after following John Barsad from
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