How are contrasts used in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities to convey the theme of morality?

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The title of Dickens's novel reflects the contrasting themes of the text. The two cities represent two smaller worlds or microcosms. London and Paris are in direct contrast, as well as a small ocean apart: London is in a state of peace, whereas Paris is at war. Even the kings of each country are contrasted. (Look at their descriptions on the first page of chapter 1.) The complex relationships in the cities are the perfect backdrop for the duality and otherness of many of the characters, as well as their moral choices. We see, for example, that the opulence of the Parisian nobility does not make them morally superior. The Marquis is nonchalant about his killing of a small peasant child in chapter 8. This contrast between the two classes is striking: it is this opposition, after all, that sparks the French Revolution of the late eighteenth century.

From the very first paragraph, Dickens takes us into this world of contrasts and doubles of "best" and...

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