What message does Dickens give through his non-comedy novel?A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
With the predominent theme of Redemption in his A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens is concerned with "the worst of times" and "the epoch of incredulity" Having read Thomas Carlysle's work on the French Revolution, Dickens saw parallels between what had happened in France with the growing underclass of laborers created by the Industrial Revolution, a working poor dienfranchised and discontented who, Dickens felt, could possibly rise up much as the lower classes of France had since peaceful protest of the early nineteenth century in England had been interrupted by riots and destruction of property.
Having seen the outcome of the 1789 revolution, and some of the activities of highway robbers and the riots in England, Dickens feared the actions of the mob. His novel with its allegorical character, the Vengeance, gives vivid life to this concern because, even though Benjamin Disraeli's 1867 Reform Bill, which doubled the number of voters, did create some social reforms. Ruth Glancy, author of A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens's Revolutionary Novel, writes,
...Dickens deplored the snail's pace that the government took to achieve peaceful reform.
Thus, while his novel is positive in its theme of Redemption--"the best of times"--it serves as a warning through its portrayal of the French Revolution for the "worst of times" that could also threaten Victorian England.