The French Revolution and the legacy of A Tale of Two Cities It is a commonplace of Dickensian criticism that the writer was influenced by Carlyle's The French Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities. Taking Dickens's comment that he read Carlyle's history "five hundred times" (I. Collins 46) as a starting point, many critics have discussed Carlyle's influence on several aspects of the novel, such as the narrative technique (Friedman 481-5), the imagery associated with the Revolution (I. Collins 52; Baumgarten 166; Lodge 131-2), and the narration of the historical episodes (Lodge 134; Friedman 489). And yet, Dickens's outlook on revolutionary violence differed significantly from that of Carlyle. As Irene Collins points out, Dickens "dislikes the violence of the revolutionaries, both in its popular form (the mob) and in its institutionalised form (the Terror). Unlike Carlyle, he can no longer see justice in the violence" (53).
In the tale, the historical technique has been used quite perfectly. Dickens uses the element of history not only to advance the plot, but also to show connections between life in the eighteenth century and the novel. Another way Dickens’ uses history is to show the partnership between evil and history itself (Allingham). Dickens showed how the population felt about the government, how they acted, and what the end result was. He did all of this while advancing the storyline.
The book Les Misèrables tells of Hugo’s life, and of France in the early 1800’s while telling a tale of change, conflicts between classes, and justice. Hugo wanted this book to be as our government is for us, for the people by the people. Victor Hugo was born in 1802 in Besancon, France. Hugo was a novelist, poet, political activist, and painter. It is because of this that Victor Hugo was a central figure and leader in the Romantic movement of France in the nineteenth-century.
Choosing this style of writing raises many challenges to the author. The author must include heavy details, interesting events, or something which forces the reader to continue reading with intent interest. That is exactly what Dickens did when he chose to include and rely so heavily upon coincidences in his novel. Dickens believed in interrelation and connections between people. In A Tale of Two Cities, similar looks and relations between characters give examples of coincidences which strengthen the overall plot.
Hawksmoor - There are many puzzling features in this novel - Discuss three in detail, looking at the way they are communicated. 'Hawksmoor' as a novel is on the whole, puzzling. As it is a detective story, Peter Ackroyd uses different techniques of involving the reader in his plot so that even if the beginning is not fully understood, we have to go on reading it just to see what happens next. These different features, for example, the juxtaposition of the time periods between the chapters; the post-modernistic aspects of Ackroyd's writing; and the conflicts between reality and fiction all make the novel puzzling. Time in this novel is very confused, with two time periods (the modern day and the eighteenth century) being juxtaposed in alternate chapters throughout the novel.
This essay will consider four of this type of story, by short story writers of the period; Dickens’ The Signal Man, The Monkeys Paw’ by W W Jacobs, H G Wells The Red Room and The Dream Woman by Wilkie Collins. LOOKING AT THE ATTUTUDES OF THE PERIOD, EXAMINE HOW A RANGE OF 19TH CENTURY WRITERS CREATE MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE IN THEIR SHORT SHORIES The rise in popularity of magazines in Victorian times and the era’s fascination in the unknown and supernatural led to immense interest in the short story genre. The key to the success of short stories is holding the reader’s attention by the use of interesting and meaningful subject matter, by using a condensed style of writing in order to maintain suspense and intrigue. The Victorian era saw great development in science which led to conflicts in belief between faith and science, and rationalism and the supernatural. Many of the 19th century short stories concerned the supernatural.
Whatever is written in these novels are more than likely to have a very close storyline to loads of novels but what is important is how they are written. So far we have been able to look at how realism changed writing in a way that worked to astound readers and make people think about what is actually happening in the world. Just looking at what Dickens achieved when people became aware at what was really happening on the streets, prisons and
Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, was published in three volumes in 1861. His book had influence on future authors by his style of writing and his use of symbols to represent other ideas. Dickens’ use of symbols creates a profound imagination in the reader’s mind and produces desire for the reader to read the novel. Throughout the mysterious and perplexing setting of the Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses exceptional styles, motifs, and symbols to portray themes such as: ambition and self-improvement, and social class. Charles Dickens is considered, by many critics, as one of the greatest writers during the Victorian Period.
There are many rhetorical devices that Dickens uses in the novel. In this novel, he uses metaphors, symbolism, similes, personification, hyperboles, repetition, and many other devices to enhance the complexities of the novel. Using these makes the novel more complicated to read and the devices will make you think about what you read. Rhetorical devices help Dickens get the point across through the story. Literary devices are used in text because using these types of devices will make the author’s writing more unique and enjoyable to read.
Utilisation of Setting and Atmosphere in Victorian Short Stories Following a careful study of a range of Victorian Short Stories, discuss the ways setting and atmosphere were utilised, to make the stories successful for their designated audience. Victorian stories, especially those with a supernatural theme, cleverly utilised a range of devices to make them a literary success to their respective audiences. The range, which we have studied, covered a time period spanning all of Queen Victoria's reign and consequently created tension in similar and different ways, as I will show in this essay. The setting of Dickens' wonderful creation, "The Signalman" differs a great deal from the other stories. "The Signalman" was published in 1865, forty years prior to "The Man with the Twisted Lip", and "the Red Room".