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Tale of two citiesIs anyone reading tale of two cities and want to help me?!

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bpas044 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM via web

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Tale of two cities

Is anyone reading tale of two cities and want to help me?!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 18, 2009 at 8:46 PM (Answer #2)

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"A Tale of Two Cities" is a novel that one can read over and over and still find a new insight or new appreciation. From its famous opening lines to its most poignant of endings, Dickens's classic has a stirring plot and beauty in its language.  Perhaps, its only shortcoming is in the lack of development of some characters.

As the title suggests, there are many, many parallels in the novel.  Of course, the opening passage in the exposition is written with parallelism as the structure of the sentences. Most of the characters, also, are paired with another one. Mr. Lorry with Dr. Manette, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, etc. 

The "two" motif works also in the plot as there is a duplicity of characters and two cities in which actions are interpreted differently.  In short, "A Tale of Two Cities" is an intriguing novel.

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

Posted February 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM (Answer #3)

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It is my favorite book.  The important thing to remember is that the entire first book is basically background.  Read the enotes summary first, it will help!  The second book is building things up by comparing England and France, and the third book looks at the consequences: the revolution.

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