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lkatz629 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM via web

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what is an example of a rhetorical device in chapters 18-24 of book 2 that serves an ultimate purpose?

I am currently writing an essay and so far I have the metaphor of the golden thread to Lucie Manette, and also the symbolism of the Fire Rising. I need a substantial passage that has a rhetorical device and ultimately serves some type of purpose. Thanks!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 26, 2010 at 8:08 PM (Answer #2)

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Allusion:  In Chapter 23 of Book the Second, "The Fire Rises," the villagers watch the chateau of the Marquis d'Evremond burn:

The mender of raods, and two hundred and fifty particular friends, stood with folded arms at the fountain, looking at the pillar of fire in the sky, 'It must be forty feet hight,' said they, grimly; and never moved. 

In the Book of Exodus,13:21, God leads the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness, guiding them as a pillar of cloud to lead them in the daytime, and as a "pillar of fire" to lead them at night.  These pillars are images of liberation, just as the pillar of fire is symbolic in A Tale of Two Cities of the people's liberation from the tyranny of the Marquis.

Allusion: In Chapter 24 of Book the Second, which is entitled "Drawn to the Loadstone Rock," Charles Dickens alludes to The Rime of the  Ancient Mariner by Samule Taylor Coleridge and the Loadstone Rock, which is a mythical rock which somehow magnitizes ships and brings sailors to their dooms, just as Charles Darnay heads to his doom by returning to Paris in response to the desperate letter of Gabelle.

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