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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

Preface

Themes, Motifs & Symbols

Book the First: Recalled to Life Chapters 1–4

In a brief note, Dickens mentions the source of inspiration for A Tale of Two Cities: a play in which he acted, called The Frozen Deep, written by his friend Wilkie Collins. He adds that he hopes that he can further his readers’ understanding of the French Revolution—“that terrible time”—but that no one can truly hope to surpass Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution (published in 1837).

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Doubles

by Scrapycoco, December 18, 2012

Charles Darnay= Charles Dickens
Jerry Cruncher= Jesus Christ

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Paradox

by kaykay2016, February 25, 2013

Book the First: Chapter 1: The first sentence is an amazing paradox!!!

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Trailer

by whathastheworldcometo, March 25, 2013

I found a great summary trailer of A Tale of Two Cities on Youtube! >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA10a83qY6A

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