Ending Of A Tale Of Two Cities

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In literature, endings need to supply the readers with a sense of satisfaction and completion for the novel to conclude well. If the author does not accomplish this, the book is seen as being insufficient for the general audience. In A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, the author ends the story in three chapters, one chapter for each set of characters. Each of these chapters wraps up the characters stories, leaving behind very few questions about the literature itself. Not only does this ending appropriately conclude the novel, but it also leaves the readers with questions about themselves and their view on the world, encouraging the readers toward self-reflection. One of the main objectives of a novel’s ending is to wrap up the loose ends surrounding the protagonist. Some literature does this successfully, others choose to leave the protagonist’s life open to interpretation: ‘One can depart. Forward, my postilions! A good journey!’ ‘I salute you, citizens. - And the first danger passed!’ These are again the words of Jarvis Lorry, as he clasps his hands, and looks upward. There is terror in the carriage, there is weeping, there is the heavy breathing of the insensible traveller. [...] Out of the open country, in again among ruinous buildings, solitary farms, dye-works, tanneries and the like, cottages in twos and threes, avenues of leafless trees. Have these men deceived us, and taken us back by another road? Is not this the same place twice over? Thank Heaven no. A
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