Charles Dickens ' Tale Of Two Cities

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Fated Coincidences Charles Dickens was a distinguished writer during the 1800s and was inspired by Thomas Carlyle’s book French Revolution. Dickens was influenced by this book to write his novel Tale of Two Cities. Even though he wrote the book seventy years after the French Revolution, he studied many different books from two wagons from Carlyle which he sent as a joke. Throughout the book Tale of Two Cities, Dickens has a recurring theme of fate. Dickens illustrates that everyone’s lives are predetermined through coincidence shown in the characters Sydney Carton’s resemblance of Darnay, Doctor Manette’s forgotten prosecution of the Evrémondes, and Madame Defarge’s broken family, resulting from the Evrémondes. Carton’s life is fated because of the coincidence that Carton and Darnay are doppelgängers. One example of when this coincidence is useful is when Carton confounds the anonymous witness’ case. In the courtroom, Darnay is being tried for treason. An anonymous witness is cross-examined by Stryver stating he clearly saw Darnay.” ‘and then look well upon the prisoner. How say you? Are they very like each other?’ Allowing for my learned friend’s appearance being careless and slovenly if not debauched, they were sufficiently like each other to surprise not only the witness, but everybody present, when they were thus brought into comparison” (Dickens 55-56). Carton tells Stryver to compare each other to prove that the witness could have seen anyone like Darnay. Carton
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