Five year pass and Charles Darnay is being tried in London on a charge of treason for providing the French and Americans with the English’s secrets. Lucie and Doctor Manette met Darnay while traveling from Calais to Dover and told the court of his good qualities. However then Mr. Sydney Carton, who looks exactly like Darnay, suddenly appears and allows for Darnay’s acquittal. Meanwhile in France, Marquis Evremonde, Darnay’s uncle, runs down a plebian child with his carriage and shows no regret before hurrying to his home. Darnay arrives later that night and renounces his identity as an Evremonde before leaving for England.
Marquis St. Evremonde was the man who was responsible for Dr. Alexander Manette's imprisonment. Upon hearing this Manette returns to his old habit from prison, and makes shoes for nine days before regaining himself and joining the couple on their honeymoon. When he returns Carton visits him and requests friendship which Darnay agrees too. The year 1789, Madam Defarge and her husband lead an attack on the Bastille, and the French revolution begins. The revolutionaries begin killing the aristocrats and nobles in the streets.
The novel is about a man named Charles Darnay who is caught in between France and England during the revolution. The peasants of France rebel against the cruel noblemen, and Darnay happens to be a member of a family of noblemen, the Marquis, but before the rebellion he gives up all property in France and moved to England and changed his name so he could rid himself of his cruel heritage. Meanwhile, a man who had been held in the Bastille, a prison in France, for eighteen years for helping victims of the Marquis as a doctor, one of which we later find out to be Madame Defarge’s sister, is released, and his daughter, Lucie, and old friend, Mr. Lorry, come to get him in France from no other than the Defarges. The man, Doctor Manette, is shaken by his experience in the Bastille, and sits alone in a dark room making shoes, but Lucie, his now grown-up, ‘perfect’ daughter helps bring him back to a normal state of mind. They come back to England on the same boat as Charles Darnay.
The English setting, and atmosphere, is similarly portrayed, as it actually existed in the seventeenth century. In the novel, Dickens goes into more detail about Revolutionary France in history with regards to setting, politics and the social structure, as well as the events, which occurred during the revolution. Dickens may not have been totally accurate with his historical information, but he vividly portrays the atmosphere of England and France during this period. The French Revolution, by Carlyle, was the main source of Dickens’ information for his novel with the two settings, London and Paris. Adopting Carlyle’s philosophy of history, Dickens created A Tale of Two Cities with a tightly structured plot, developed through a series of amazingly detailed and vivid pictures.
His purists remind us that he was, as he liked to be called, the Inimitable (Philpotts). In A Tale of Two Cities the opening of the novel makes it clear how important doubles are throughout the entire book. Doubles prove to be important to the plot, structure and dominant themes. The theme that emerges in pages early on is the idea of resurrection and it would not be possible without a death of some sort. Dickens established a dark place that suggests death from where he could resurrect the long imprisoned Doctor Manette.
The first instance is when Darnay is on trial for treason. Carton passes his colleague Mr. Stryver a note which he contemplates (Dickens 73). This action draws attention to the court to notice Sydney Carton which they believe mysteriously resembles Darnay. With this new information the ju... ... middle of paper ... ...g boy they stabbed. The boy’s sister is present as well; regardless of understanding right from wrong they ended up raping the young girl (Dickens 313).
A year later, the two men profess their love for Lucie, but she marries Charles. Charles then admits to Mr. Manette that he is the descendant of those who imprisoned him, and Mr. Manette has a breakdown, but quickly recovers. Darnay travels to Paris and is arrested for emigration by the Revolutionaries, to then be rescued and re-arrested for the wrongs of his father and uncle—who killed a man and raped a woman, then blamed Mr. Manette, causing his imprisonment—once he is free. Awaiting the death of her husband, Lucie waits sadly in an inn when Sydney hears Madame Defarge plotting to kill the daughter of Luce and Lucie herself. In a desperate act of love for his friends, Sydney plans a course of action to save his friends: he planned an escape from the inn for the Manettes via carriage, then he ... ... middle of paper ... ... gives up literally everything—including his own life—for the sake of keeping a family together.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This is the famous starting to the book “A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charels Dickens. Charels Dickens is one of the most famous writers of his century. This book tells about the main characters, Lucie and her father. The story starts out with Mr. Jarvis Lorry, a representative of Tellson's Bank in London, who is sent by his firm on a mission to Paris. The mission is to meet a newly released prisoner of the Bastille, Doctor Alexandre Manette, in Paris and to bring him back to London to be cared for by his daughter, Lucie Manette.
Desperate for money to pay for medicines for her daughter, Fantine sells her locket, her hair, and then joins the whores in selling herself. Utterly degraded by her new trade, she gets into a fight with a prospective customer and is about to be taken to prison by Javert when "The Mayor" arrives and demands she be taken to a hospital instead. The Mayor then rescues a man pinned down by a runaway cart. Javert is reminded of the abnormal strength of convict 24601 Jean Valjean, a parole-breaker whom he has been tracking for years, but who, he says, has just been recaptured. Valjean, unable to see an innocent man go to prison in his place, confesses to the court that he is prisoner 24601.
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).