Essay about A Tale Of Two Cities Dialectical Journal

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A Tale of Two Cities: Dialectal Journal

Doubles and opposites:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, (...)"
In the first chapter of A Tale of Two cities, Dickens emphasizes the fact of how bad the people lived. "It was the worst of times," due to mistreatment from the third estate. But it was also the "best of times," for the nobles, and higher class people who could actually afford things, and weren't mistreated and starved.

"(...) 'John Solomon, or Solomon John?' (...)"
When Lorry, Miss Pross, and Cruncher figure out John Barsad, the spy, is actually Miss Pross's brother Cruncher replies by saying "John Solomon, or Solomon John?" Trying to make it obvious they couldn't trust him, and didn't really know who he
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"BLOOD," will be shed in the French Revolution, and the man who "scrawled upon a wall," will be the main start of it all. The fate of these people will ultimately be ended, or surrounded by blood and Dickens wanted us to realize that.

"It does not take a long time.' said Madame Defarge, 'for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare for the earthquake?"
In this quote, Dickens uses the character Madame Defarge to foreshadow fate. Dickens symbolizes an "earthquake" swallowing "a town" as the French Revolution taking over their town. Dickens talks about how it won't be much longer till the French Revolution, and that it will 'swallow the town' in no time!

Sacrafice
" 'Are you dying for him?'(...)"
Near the end of the book we figure out that Carton is sacrificing his life for Charles Darnay, and the Manettes. He is basically "dying for him." Dickens had his character Carton promised Lucie that he would do anything to keep her safe and happy, and Carton ended up paying the ultimate price for her in a heroic way.

"(...) I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. (...)"
In this quote Dickens wanted the readers to know Cartons undying love for Lucie. Whether he said it as a friend, or lover Carton says he would "embrace any sacrifice for you" to Lucie Manette. Dickens wants us readers to understand how much

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