A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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How is the concept of the double used in A Tale of Two Cities?  

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The concept of a double or duality has extreme importance in the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The first page establishes this concept outright, speaking about two cities that are mirror images of one another but undergoing incredibly different cultural events. The book revolves around this duality, as several of the main characters flee from the city of Paris to London for peace and tranquility. Though the cities share numerous aspects, the restless spirit of the blossoming revolution has changed Paris forever as the novel opens. London is quieter and offers a refuge for the characters in the book until circumstances force them to return to France.

The body double, however, presents a far bigger plot point in the novel in its eleventh hour. Carton, the ne’erdowell who has narrowly escaped the gallows and imprisonment several times through the novel makes use of his resemblance to the upstanding Darnay. An earlier promise to Darnay’s wife, with whom Carton is also...

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