Abstract A tale of two cities is a novel with the fictionalized description of events leading up to the birth of new French republic. Tale of two cities shaped the image of a stable England by using French revolutionary France as a setting to highlight the contrasts between the two countries .In tale of two cities there is deep distinctions between rich and poor, Upper class and lower class. French revolution is a great historical event of the world which brought a huge revolution in history of Europe. French revolution is the background of A tale of two French cities. Charles dickens wrote a novel in which he told the story of two cities and also the condition of the cities in the 18th century.
Sydney Carton helps Lucie by disguising himself as Charles Darnay to the angry crowd, to help the family escape France. When Sydney Carton was about to be guillotined, he envisioned Dr. Manette’s life ahead of him: “‘See her father, aged and bent, but otherwise restored, and faithful to all men in his healing office, and at peace’” (3.15.462). Dickens doesn’t gloss over Doctor Manette’s struggles. He also does not allow those struggles to stand in the way of a man of conscience, the readers can see how Dr. Manette has finally faced his own problems by himself. Sydney Carton’s vision of Dr. Manette shows how he is now restored.
Walter Neff is an ambiguous character. As smart and independent he is, he still falls into the trap of his masculine desires and becomes controlled by his feelings to Mrs Dietrichson. Indeed, Neff shows his somewhat heroic qualities, by being eager to help the ‘damsel in distress’ and by opening his caring father-like side when being with Lola. He is successful at work, confident and intelligent, which is to a certain extent proved by his ingenious plan to murder Phyllis’ husband. However he is portrayed to have questionable morals.
‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens is a social protest novel of nineteenth-century England. Throughout the novel, Dickens makes his voice of protest explicitly clear as he expresses the hardship and inequalities of an industrial, hierarchical society. Dickens portrays how difficult life was through all the characters and their positions in society. Several social and political issues are addressed by Dickens, particularly through education, marriage, divorce and the working conditions of the poor. In Book 1, Chapter 11, Stephen Blackpool reflects these issues through his line “Tis aw a muddle.” It could be argued that this remark by Blackpool refers to the power structures within the novel and how the ‘muddle’ is caused by those with power.
Dickens, in A Tale of Two Cities, examined some of critical causes behind falling down of the old order and breaking out the French Revolution but the reader is obsessed, after reading the novel with the horribly brutal act conducted during Reign of Terror. Dickens’s indication that, the newly born female named La Guillotine, the reasonable outcome of the revolution, a demolishing and terrified monster, a voracious lady whose appetite can never be satisfied, is a clear manifestation that The French revolution was a horrific experience for French people as it created more uncertainty and gloomy atmosphere for the French people. The Tale of two city’s voice is harshly cruel in term of its representation for the French revolution. Such representation leads us to sole conclusion that the history repeats itself and the event of the French revolution that took place in the past might have the prospect to happen in the future. As Dickens was deeply concerned about the deteriorated condition his people were going through, he traced back the French
Deep hints and obscure gossip about Dorian the author does not decipher; What vices he betrays in the slums of the East End and during his absence, is not directly stated, Still, even while living richly and freely, he is not frivolous, and thus his youth and appearance allows him to maintain in the eyes of society the impression of the spotless purity, and in this aspect he also imitates Lord Henry, who is a very respectful member of society. The process of moral fall is assassinated by the assassination of Basil Hallward - poor Dorian is finally confused between the demands of
Dorian Gray, the main character, is known to be beautiful and that is all. He is put into a mold of beauty and thought not to have any intellectual thought whatsoever. His beauty is used to his advantage, furthermore pushing his life into the darkness. His features are the reason why Lord Henry Wotton and his good friend Basil Hallward take a deep interest in Gray. “No, you don’t … while you still have it.” (Wilde 32-33).
Often times, people treat others the way they are treated. Good or bad, people tend to treat those who are kind to them kindly, and those who are cruel to them cruelly. In the book, A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, the novel takes place during a time of turmoil in France. The aristocracy mistreat and take advantage of the poor. The events of mistreatment of the poor leads to a rebellion called the French Revolution.
Rather, he only knows what Arthur wants him to know, which is a front of dazzling outfits and mannerisms to hide what he finds to be an unsightly past. After the encounter, Arthur worries that Art is no longer infatuated to him (Chabon 250). Although Art denies it, their relationship loses its spark. Arthur and Art’s relationship fizzled out in Barcelona after Joe the Egg sent his goons to tell Arthur to leave town. Relishing in Art’s mannerisms and confidence was what enticed Art, but once his big secret of having an unwealthy background comes to rear its head, their relationship is only standing through the grief the pair feel over Cleveland’s death.
Throughout history, authors have used literature to make social changes in their societies. Charles Dickens, a social activist used the characters and themes in A Tale of Two Cities to promote social reform. The novel takes place during the French Revolution in which chaos and bloodshed was prevalent. Victor Hugo, the author of Les Miserables and uses his platform to reach an audience that will use its themes to change the quality of living in France by its setting shortly after the Revolution during a time of government abuse. Within the creation of these themes and messages, the character Cosette from Les Miserables and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities are placed in similar circumstances and are crucial to the overall plot of their stories.