Mysteries In The Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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In the Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, mysteries are present throughout the book. Through the characters Jerry, Charles Darnay, Doctor Manette, the Marque, and Madame Defarge, Dickens is able to create mysteries. Charles Dickens develops mysteries through the point of view, motifs, and allusions.
The mystery is developed through the narrator's point of view which doesn't reveal everything. During the conversation with Jerry Cruncher and his son, the younger Jerry wonders" where does (his) father get all that iron rust from? He (doesn't) get no iron rust here" (57). Through the narrator's point of view, Jerry Cruncher's past and what he does is unknown and is not revealed yet. This is a mystery which causes readers to question who Jerry is and what kind of character he will be. During the trial, the prisoner who is Darnay" was quiet and attentive, watched the opening proceedings with a grave interest"(62). Yet again, it isn't identified in the book when and how Darnay was ended up here and the
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When receiving the letter from Jerry, Mr. Lorry's "answer was RECALLED TO LIFE"(10). It was then that Mr. Lorry was going to see Doctor Manette and his answer was very mysterious. Dicken's uses this phrase to heighten the suspense and it was also a secret code for the mademoiselle at Dover which was Mr. Lorry's mystery. As Jarvis Lorry nears France to recover Doctor Manette who was imprisoned for 18 years, the narrator reflects, "that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other" (11). The cause of Mannete's incarceration is still a mystery to both the readers and the characters in the book. The motif that comes from Doctor Manette and Mr. Lorry is that everyone has a mystery and that motif created by Dickens creates a mystery itself. And with the motif in mind, Dickens also uses allusions to enhance the development of a true
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