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, Chapter I, Dickens compares the kings of England and of France as "those two of the large jaws." The queens of England and France are metaphorically described as "the other two of the plain and fair faces."
- Chapter III of Book the First is entitled "The Night Shadows." While a description of how people appear to Mr. Lorry as he rides in the Dover mail carriage, this phrase is also a metaphor for the inscrutableness of human nature; that is, the idea that "every human creature is constituted to be that profund secret and mystery to every other."
- The title of Chapter VII of Book the...
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