Tale Of Two Cities Passage Analysis

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Throughout Chapter 21, in A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens utilizes literary techniques in order to efficiently portray the characters emotions in response to the current happenings in London and France. During this time, Lucie Manette gives birth to a baby girl named Lucie and a son who died at only a few years old. Outside of Lucie’s life, France is on the edge of a major Revolution and has a vast effect on the daily lives of the individuals living there. Dickens conveys people’s emotions and daily occurrences through, motifs, metaphors and juxtaposition, to allow the reader to fully comprehend the lasting impact that these current events had on several characters, specifically, Lucie. At the very beginning of this chapter, Dickens opens with the sentence, “A wonderful corner for echoes.” (page 161) Dickens mentions echos several times throughout this passage and serves as a motif to hint at the gradual chaos that was about to take place. Often times, Lucie would sit in the corner of the parlour and analyze the sound…show more content…
He does this by introducing the idea of the “golden thread.” In the context of this passage, this thread symbolizes the knot of purity and love that ties Lucie and her family together. Dickens first introduces the golden thread by saying, “Ever busily winding the golden thread which bound her husband, her father and herself.” (page 161) By including this line, the reader is able to decipher that this golden thread has a great amount of meaning associated with Lucie’s life. During this time, there was so much uncertainty regarding the French Revolution and the repercussions they would face. The one dependable factor of Lucie’s life was her family and the stable connections she felt with them. Dickens compares the loved ones in Lucie’s life to gold because that is how valuable they are to
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