In the 18th century, a tranquil life was easy but also difficult to find. From the continent of Europe, two of the world leading powers were England and France. Separated by the English Channel, the two countries had set aside their differences and conflicts of the past and became neighbors. However the society of each individual country has its own notion of a perfect social environment. Neither country was affected by the other. Both regions were still under the royals’ and other nobles’ authorities, who make all the laws and possess most of the wealth. From a high rank of social classes, the nobles do not give a second look at the peasants. Thus, looking at each country by itself, the effects that the peasants have on the government are extremely different. From A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens illustrated a period of differences between the fragile monarch and its justice department, along with the roles of businesses during the turmoil of the French Revolution.
Dickens begins by illuminating England’s and France’s differences. The opening paragraph does not include a place or time, but instead uses imagery to build the plot:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of the nosiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of ...
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...ost exciting moment of their lives. However, for other innocent prisoners, it is the worst of time as they are beheaded under the guillotine. At the darkest hours in France, it is lighter for the Manettes and Darnay in England, since it suits their life style better.
A Tale of Two Cities is a literary work that can be viewed as a commercial novel which is written to be entertaining. From the storyline, Dickens describes two dissimilar countries to portray a struggle among the characters during the French Revolution. Solving for the struggle, the characters faced injustice government, revenge from their enemy and violence of the revolutionaries. Moving between England and France, the main characters realize that their native home is more dangerous than any other places.
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Print.