A Tale of Two Cities is set against which backdrop?
A Tale of Two Cities takes place against the backdrop of the French Revolution (1789–1799) and the years leading up to it. The revolution is generally considered to have begun with the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, when a mob of revolutionaries attacked and demolished brick by brick the Bastille, a state prison which had become a symbol for the corruption of the French monarchy. The Storming of the Bastille marks the approximate halfway point in A Tale of Two Cities (Chapter 21), and the pace of the novel picks up considerably from that chapter onward. The chapters leading up to the Storming of the Bastille establish the growing anger among the lower and middle classes about the social inequality in France, and the novel's later chapters depict the Reign of Terror, the bloodiest period of the revolution in which dozens of enemies of the revolution were put to death in daily public executions.
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