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A Tale of Two Cities

Explain how this quote from Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities represents Carton's last act as selfish:  "It is...

In Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton's last act could be viewed as selfish. Just as he ascends to the guillotine, he says, It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 11:57 am UTC

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What is the moral of A Tale of Two Cities, and how are the two cities significant?

In many ways, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities can be seen as a political parable. Great Britain in the late eighteenth century is presented largely as the epitome of political stability, enjoying as...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2021 10:40 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the term "recalled to life" in A Tale of Two Cities?

I must say, due to mwestwood's exquisite answer, there is not too much to add; however, I can give a couple different tidbits. Of course, the term "recalled to life" is the carrier's, Jerry...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 11:59 am UTC

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What does Sydney Carton say he would do for Lucie Manette at the end of chapter 13 in Tale of Two Cities and can he...

In Chapter 13 of "A Tale of Two Cities," the reader sees Carton taking on a mythical aspect as he professes his willingness to sacrifice himself to save his friends. In addition, he is a...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2009 3:33 pm UTC

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Why was Darnay arrested in A Tale of Two Cities?

Charles Darnay, one of the main characters of A Tale of Two Cities, is arrested three times in the course of the novel, each time on a different charge. He is first arrested in 1780, as a French...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 7:44 am UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, how is the famous last statement of Sydney Carton true for him? Book 3-Chapter 15 -The last...

Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, like most of his work, contains a number of complex and deeply drawn characters, including Sydney Carton. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens creates and...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2015 3:47 pm UTC

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Discuss the significance of the title of the novel A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

The title A Tale of Two Cities is literally true as the plot involves action in both London and Paris. However, it is also significant with respect to the motif of dualities in people and in...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 1:04 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities?

The opening two paragraphs describe the condition in England and France in 1775, the year the novel begins, establishing this as a historical novel (it was published in 1859). Dickens points out...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 12:35 am UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, what are the two promises made in chapter 10, book 2?

In Chapter X of Book the Second of A Tale of Two Cities, Dr. Manette and Charles Darnay each make a promise to the others. Dr. Manette's promise A year after beginning his residence in England,...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011 4:25 am UTC

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Why was Dr. Manette arrested in the book Tale of Two Cities?

Dr. Alexandre Manette was arrested on false charges after being lured from his home. The purpose of the arrest was to remove him from society in order to prevent his speaking out against the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2017 7:52 pm UTC

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How is the theme of love used in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?

Love acts as a driving force in the narrative of A Tale of Two Cities. It is love that reunites Lucie Manette with a father she has never known. After Dr. Manette has been imprisoned in the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2017 2:14 pm UTC

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What did Darnay tell Dr. Manette on the morning of his marriage in A Tale of Two Cities?

On the morning of his marriage to Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay reveals to his father his true identity. Charles Darnay is a decendant of the Evremondes, an aristocratic family in France notorious...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2009 7:53 am UTC

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Irony In A Tale Of Two Cities

There is very little actual humor in this novel because the topic is so serious and the consequences so deadly. Despite that, there are several characters and exchanges which provide some comic...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 3:14 am UTC

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What was Charles Dickens attitude toward the French Revolution? Does he sympathize with the revolutionaries?

Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities as a sort of warning to Victorian England. After studying the French Revolution himself, Dickens saw much of the same rising contempt for the aristocracy...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018 3:09 am UTC

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Who was John Barsad? When is he first mentioned?

John Barsad, real name Solomon Pross, is described as: Age, about forty years; height, about five feet nine; black hair; complexion dark; generally, rather handsome visage; eyes dark, face thin,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 10:33 pm UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, by Dickens, what is the significance of so many "Jacques" in Defarge's wine shop?

With the significance of the wine shop owned by the Defarges well established in Chapter V of Book the First of A Tale of Two Cities, the gathering of the men known anonymously as "Jacques"...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2011 4:11 am UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, for what is the Old Bailey famous?

To this day the Old Bailey (located on Bailey Street in London) is the site of two famous courts. Court One has been the scene of the trials of many infamous criminals; Court Two is a...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2017 4:50 am UTC

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How are death and fate personified in Chapter 1 of A Tale of Two Cities?

In Charles Dickens's monumental classic, A Tale of Two Cities, the employment of the personification of fate as the Woodman and death as the Farmer portends the future actions of the French...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2015 11:49 pm UTC

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Why does Sydney Carton in Chapter 9 Book Three, constantly compare himself to the resurrection and repeat the verse...

In Chapter 9 of Book the Third, Sydney Carton walks to the chemists and as he does so, he recalls his conversation with the wood-sawyer and the man's proud answer that many were killed this day....

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 10:52 pm UTC

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What is Charles Darnay's secret in A Tale of Two Cities?

Charles Darnay’s secret is that his real name is Charles St. Evremonde and he is the heir to the title of Marquis St. Evremonde, the man who put Dr. Manette in prison. Charles Darnay did not want...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013 7:49 pm UTC

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Are there any similes, metaphors, personification, satire in Book 2 Chapter 2? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

It is customary for authors to employ figurative language in their narratives as the prose is enlivened by such language. For, there is a vividness to the use of metaphor and the like as the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011 4:50 pm UTC

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How was England different from France according to Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities?

London is presented as a stable place where tradition and honor hold sway. There is a strict class structure, but all the classes seem to get along by and large. Paris is the central place of the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 12:16 am UTC

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How would you describe the character of the vengeance? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The character Vengeance is the personification of the retribution that the peasant revolutionaries exact from the French aristocracy under whose yoke they have suffered and starved. In Chapter XXII...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 3:30 am UTC

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What is the duality between England and France in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?

In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Dickens outlines the duality and contrasts between England and France at the time. More specifically, he outlines the duality between Paris and London....

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 1:33 am UTC

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What are eight examples of metaphor in A Tale of Two Cities?

As in all great works of litearture, A Tale of Two Cities contains many figures of speech, not the least of which is metaphor. Here are some examples: In the opening chapter, Book the First,...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2011 4:58 pm UTC

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What is the promise of Sydney Carton to Lucie that foreshadows a future event? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

When Lucie marries, Carton confesses that her secretly loves her and would do anything for her. He basically tells her that he would give his life for someone she loves if that was necessary....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2011 7:30 am UTC

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What do the echoing footsteps in Chapter 21 of A Tale of Two cities represent?

The echoing footsteps that Lucie hears ominously foreshadow the coming of the French Revolution, when hordes of starving, desperate people will take to the streets to demand radical political...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 7:32 am UTC

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Why does Ms.Defarge put a rose in her hair in A Tale of Two Cities?

In A Tale of Two Cities, what's happening in and around Paris is the beginning of a revolution. It starts as an underground movement, very secretive and exclusive, centered at the Defarges' wine...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010 4:03 am UTC

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In Book 2, Chapter 4, what things suggest to the reader that Mr. Carton might be envious of Charles Darnay in A Tale...

After Charles Darnay is acquitted at his trial for treason, Sidney Carton notices the way that Lucie Manette looks at Mr. Darnay, and he envies the man. At the end of the trial of Charles Darnay,...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2017 12:06 pm UTC

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How does Dickens use paradox in the first chapter of A Tale of Two Cities?

The themes of this work include plenty of comparisons, contrasts, or doubles. We see this in the comparisons of England and France, two major countries. We also see the theme of doubles in the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 8:27 am UTC

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What is ironic about the titles "The Fellow of Delicacy" and "The Fellow of No Delicacy" in Book the Second of A Tale...

The chapters describe two different “fellows” and their feelings for Lucie Manette and manner of addressing her. The titles are ironic because the “fellow” discussed in the chapter is actually the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 3:58 pm UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, although Carton could have been a lion, he was an amaizingly good jackal. Comment. This...

Sydney Carton is a "man of good abilities and good emotions," but sadly, he is also "incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness." He lacks self-discipline...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 1:49 pm UTC

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Why does Mr. Manette keep repeating "105 North Tower" and what does it reveal about what he has experienced in A Tale...

Dr. Alexandre Manette, one of the central characters in A Tale of Two Cities (in fact, the character who sets the story in motion and gives it the greatest opportunity for social examination), was...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 9:55 am UTC

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Who is the hero of A Tale of Two Cities?

That Sydney Carton is certainly one of the great sentimental favorites in literature is indubitable. However, that Sydney is heroic in the true sense of word is somewhat questionable. For, there...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010 3:59 pm UTC

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What are some examples of disparity between the rich and the poor classes in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?  

A juxtaposition of the scene of the wine spilling in Saint Antoine in Book the First, Chapter V, with that of the monseigneur having his morining chocolate in Book the Second, Chapter VII,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2013 4:39 pm UTC

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What do the footsteps represent in Book 2 chapter 6 of A Tale of Two Cities?

The use of foreshadowing is key in Chapter 6 of Book II as on a Sunday afternoon, Charles Darnay tells Lucie that workmen have come upon the cell in which her father, Dr. Manette, has been...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2008 9:59 am UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, what is Defarge looking for in Mr. Manette's old cell?

Monsieur Defarge is hunting for any written evidence that Dr. Manette might have produced before he lost his mind and forgot completely what had occurred which resulted in his lengthy internment....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010 2:20 am UTC

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How old are the characters Sydney Carton, Madame Defarge, Charles Darnay, Lucie Manette and Doctor Manette from A...

A Tale of Two Cities is a historical fiction classic written by Charles Dickens. The story is organized or split up into three "books," which span the time period 1775 in Book One to 1792 in Book...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019 10:10 pm UTC

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Why Was Doctor Manette Imprisoned

This is something that we are only actually told in Book the Third, Chapter Ten, and this is one of the central questions that lurk behind the rest of the action of the novel. Let us remember that...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 3:26 pm UTC

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Mr. Lorry says to Lucie Manette, "These are mere business relations, miss; there is no friendship in them; … I have...

Mr. Lorry's initial introduction of himself as the representative of Tellson's Bank, a man who is merely a business "machine" impersonally obeying orders is ironic because he becomes intimately...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2014 8:00 pm UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, why does Darney go to France?

In the story by Charles Dickens about the French Revolution A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay received a letter from a well-liked servant who was also a doctor, Gabelle, who is also the father...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011 5:06 am UTC

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Who are the main characters in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?

Most likely, Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay, the two near-lookalikes, are the main characters of the book—although Doctor Manette; his daughter, Lucie; Madame Defarge; and Jarvis Lorry are also...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 10:11 am UTC

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Why does Dr. Manette make shoes in A Tale of Two Cites?

Dr. Manette makes shoes because he made shoes while he was in prison, and when he gets stressed he has a mental relapse and makes shoes. Dr. Manette was locked in the Bastille prison for 18 years...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2015 12:38 am UTC

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Explain the allusions "Cock-lane ghost" and "sister of the shield and trident" in A Tale of Two Cities.

The Cock Lane Ghost was a notorious hoax that captured the public's imagination in late-eighteenth century England. The supposed haunting was declared a fraud by a committee of notables, which...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 10:35 am UTC

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Please give the role, physical description, and characteristics of the following: Lucie and Dr. Manette,  Mr. Lorry,...

Lucie Manette - A stereotypical Victorian heroine, Lucie represents "the golden thread" that connects to her father, her husband, her friends, and her children. She is blond and delicate, subject...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011 2:13 pm UTC

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In A Tale of Two Cities, how is the metaphor of the sea an accurate description of the revolutionaries? This answer...

A metaphor is comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." Dickens uses the sea as a metaphor for the mob. The sea is made up of innumerable drops of water that become one...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 1:46 pm UTC

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Throughout the trial in A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens compares the spectators to blue flies. What is he saying about...

Flies have traditionally been symbolic of death and evil. At the trial of Charles Darnay, the flies buzz because there is evil intent in that courtroom, and a death sentence for treason hangs over...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2017 6:29 am UTC

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What is Jerry Cruncher's secret nighttime activity in A Tale of Two Cities and what theme does this activity reinforce?

Jerry Cruncher's secret nighttime activity is grave robbing. Under the cover of darkness, he digs up fresh corpses and sells them to medical schools so that the students can use them in their...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2009 8:58 am UTC

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Characterize the scene in which Dr. Manette meets Lucie in the attic room in A Tale of Two Cities? 

The reunion between Lucie and Dr. Manette is an emotional scene. Though Lucie does not remember her father, having been a young child when he was arrested, she is established in this scene as being...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 3:06 am UTC

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What is Dr. Manette doing when Mr. Lorry and Lucie first enter the room in A Tale of Two Cities?

Having been "recalled to life" after being locked up in a hole of a French prison, Dr. Manette has not completely been able to reclaim his former respectable position as a physician. Instead, he...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 6:04 pm UTC

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