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Posted February 22, 2012 at 6:59 AM via web

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Examples of parallel things in Book the First?

What are some examples of things that are very similar? What are mirrors in Book the First?

For example: Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are mirrors to each other

Like above, except just in Book the First.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM (Answer #1)

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The first book has a series of parallels, especially in the famous opening.  Dickens takes great care to compare London and Paris, but he also makes important comparisons between the novel’s time period, the French Revolution, and the “present” of Dickens’s Victorian England.  Dickens is trying to point out that the tensions between the classes are high in London, and revolution is a possibility.

Dickens also draws parallels between Jarvis Lorry and Jerry Cruncher.  Jarvis really is an honest man, carefully plodding away at his banker job.  He also compares Dr. Manette to a ghost, using the phrase “recalled to life” to describe his returning from prison, which is compared to being resurrected.

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