A Tale of Two Cities

by: Charles Dickens

Point of View

Main ideas Point of View

A Tale of Two Cities is written in the third person omniscient point of view. An all-seeing and all-knowing narrator recounts the events of the plot, and provides insights into the thoughts and feelings of various characters. This point of view provides a wide-ranging perspective on historical events occurring in multiple places. An omniscient narrator can easily move between describing events in Paris and in London. This point of view also allows a panoramic perspective on events. One example of this panoramic view is when the narrator is describing scenes of violence during the Revolution: “Every pulse and heart in Saint-Antoine was on high fever strain and at high fever heat. Every living creature there, held life as of no account, and was demented with passionate readiness to sacrifice it.” The point of view allows for a removed and chilling description of human violence.