A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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

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There seem to be dualities and similarities between England and France. Both countries have monarchs and landed aristocracy, yet a number of differences set them apart. London stands for calm and order. Even though the poor in London suffer disproportionately to the rich, there is still due process of law, and even cruel sentences are not capricious. France, by contrast, stands for chaos. The same inequality between rich and poor exists, but the French aristocracy is not restrained from doing whatever comes into their minds. When the marquis runs over and kills the peasant child, the people of the village have no recourse.

Two revolutions are mentioned in this story, and they both illustrate the difference between England and France. The American Revolution does not affect life in London. Aside from his comment that "messages...had lately come to the English Crown and people from a congress of British subjects in America which have proved...important to the human race," Dickens does not...

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