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A Tale of Two Cities Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom by making use of this comprehensive lesson plan for Charles Dickens's classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. This plan will help you navigate the characters' motives and relationships as well as offering guidance through Dickens's numerous themes, including death, memory, and the notion of order. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Why does Lucie faint upon hearing Mr. Lorry's story? She learns her father is alive and has been in prison for eighteen years while she thought he was dead. She and Mr. Lorry are to bring him to England. This information is quite a shock to her.
- How does Lucie react to Dr. Manette? She is at first frightened but is quickly overcome with compassion and love. She is able to bring back some old memories of her mother for Dr. Manette, but he is very confused. She holds him in her arms to make him well.
- How does Dickens describe the privileged class in France? They are extravagant, superficial, and completely useless. They feel a false safety in their cocoon of perfect dress and manners. Dickens uses religious terms to illustrate their idea that the way they live is somehow sanctified from above.
- Why does Dr. Manette cobble for nine days after Lucie and Charles are married? He learned that Charles was related to the Marquis, the man who imprisoned him. (At the end of the novel, we also can assume that at this point, Manette knows how deeply his daughter will be hurt if the letter he left in the prison is ever found.) His way of escaping this complication is to cobble.
- What words about the future are attributed to Carton at the end of A Tale of Two Cities? The words attributed to Carton tell of how he is deeply loved and honored by Charles and Lucie for all of their days, and into their future generations, wherein a boy is given his name and whose son, also his namesake, becomes a great man, one of the most just judges, bringing honor to his name.
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