In A Tale of Two Cities, what are some major literary allusions used to add depth to the novel?For instance, Sydney Carton. He acts like Jesus and recites Christ words of being the Resurrection...

In A Tale of Two Cities, what are some major literary allusions used to add depth to the novel?

For instance, Sydney Carton. He acts like Jesus and recites Christ words of being the Resurrection and the Life. How can I connect this to a good literary allusion in the novel?

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A Tale of Two Cities is historical fiction, and is full of historical allusions.  The French Revolution really happened, and many of the events Dickens described were historically accurate to a certain extent.  A good example is the storming of the Bastille prison, which is a famous symbolic even that started the revolution and the Guillotine, used by the revolutionaries  to behead their aristocratic victims. 

There are also biblical allusions throughout the book.  For example, the theme of resurrection and Jerry Cruncher referring to himself as a resurrection-man.  Sacrifice and rebirth is a biblical theme, and as Christ martyred himself to save mankind, Carton martyred himself to save Lucie.

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