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Tale of Two Cities
Wealthy Aristocrat Stands Trial for Treason. Charles Darnay stands trial for the high crime of treason today at the Old Bailey Courthouse. Darnay is suspected of being a spy for the French monarchy, under direct orders from King Louis XVI. The Crown has accused Darnay of divulging top secret information regarding the war in the colonies. John Barsad, an agent of the Crown, is set to testify on behalf of the British Attorney-General.
Darnay acquitted of crimes of treason. Charles Darnay, the French expatriate recently accused of spying on behalf of Louis XVI, has been cleared of all charges of treason. Darnay's attorney, Mr. Stryver and his associate Sydney Carton discredited two key Crown witnesses: John Barsad and Roger Cly as being untrustworthy. Stryver and Carton demonstrated that the eye witness identification of Darnay might have been spurious, based on an uncanny resemblance between Carton and Darnay himself.….
Sydney Carton, the infamous esquire with a personal life of ill repute, pulled the strings that led to acquittal, despite famous attorney Stryver's best attempts. Pointing out that he looked similar to the defendant, Carton was able to refute the prosecution's argument that the criminal was unmistakably Darnay. Much to the joy of himself and his associates, Darnay is now free.
Jacques Strikes Again
The latest in a string of murders and misdeeds attributed to a man named Jacques occurred late last night, when aristocrat Marquis Evremonde was killed. Evremonde, an unabashed supporter of the French aristocracy, stirred up attention just yesterday when his reckless driving ran down and killed a child. His refusal to apologize and entitled attitude left many peasants seeking revenge. Evremonde was found dead this morning, a note from the murderer with the scrawled name of "Jacques" by his body. As Jacques is the name used by….
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [...] how "Vengeance is self-perpetuating" applies to the novel. Vengeance is important in this novel because it illustrates how seeking vengeance can only lead to hurt and pain, and can only continue the cycle of vengeance and hatred, it never ends, and there is never enough payback to end the vengeance.
Vengeance is a central theme in "A Tale of Two Cities," and Dickens illustrates it throughout the book. As Madame Defarge quietly knits, she is vengefully listing all the people who should die when the new republic is created. Her vengeance and hatred of the oppressors of the working class knows no bounds, and it ultimately consumes her and leads to her death. She acknowledges she wants vengeance for all the wrongs done to her and her family, and shows that it has been eating at her for a long time "Vengeance….
Tale of Two Cities
The opening sentences of Charles Dickens's novel A Tale of Two Cities is famous because its writing draws the reader into the world depicted in the novel with gripping imagery and remarkable writing. The novel was written during a time of great change, and rather than just telling us "this story takes time during a period of great change," Dickens shows us all the conflicts going on. While the first image, "t was the best of times, it was the worst of times...," is the most well-known the first paragraph contains seven such opposites. While the writing is beautiful and well-crafted, the words say less than they seem: what does it mean to be the "best" or "worst" of times? Without the beautiful writing, the paragraph would open with a string of cliches.
Dickens then goes on to note other parallels, such as superficial similarities between rulers….
It was both "the epoch of belief" and "the epoch of incredulity." Some people remained devoted to religious beliefs, while others were openly questioning the nature not only of God but of existence itself. "The season of Light" and "the season of Darkness" may have referred to the stirrings of democracy, a shift that would bring great turmoil to France. France would not achieve democracy easily, and many people would suffer along the way. With all these changes going on, it was the spring of hope for those who embraced all the new changes, sometimes naively thinking that great ideas would be easily adopted, but the season of despair for many whose lives had no hope of improving.
Not surprisingly, the nature of the period with all its contradictions is reflected in the characters. For instance, Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay start out as opposites of each other. Other character opposites appear in the book as well, such as Lucie and Madame Defarge. Lucie is a loving, caring and compassionate person, while Madame Defarge is vengeful.
Tale of Two Cities was first published in 1859, so the time period of the story, 1775, was recent history. Literate people who read the book for the first time likely recognized all the cultural history encapsulated in Dickens's seemingly simple statements of contrast. They knew that first page set them up for a story about turmoil and struggle.
The Revolutionary period and its effects and causes went beyond scores of years as highlighted by Dickens, but the major events of the French Revolution took place between 1787 and 1799 (Sorensen 6). During this period highlighted by Dickens, all the political power lay on the hands of the king as well as those people who owned the majority land, the clergy and the aristocracy. The vast majority of people comprised of the Third Estate that entailed peasants and the whole middle class of professionals and businesspersons. The Third Estate according to French history is one of the three categories through which members of the society were classified in French before the French Revolution. Third Estate represented the great majority of persons in the French society.
The First Estate or the Clergy and the Second Estate or the aristocracy benefitted from numerous privileges and rights that include tax exemptions. The Third….
He arguably represented some of the worst vices of humanity, and in saving innocent lives he demonstrates some of the best characteristics of humanity. His choosing to squander his ability and intellect by drinking to excess shows great foolishness, yet his decision to save his friends shows a degree of wisdom. It is also important to notice the religious implications of this quotation. The reference to the time of the novel as one of "belief" can be interpreted to refer to religious belief, especially given the large amount of imagery and passages related to Christ and the concept of redemption. Lastly, it is worth noting that Carton's sacrifice is one which may make him worthy of going to a celestial paradise, while his previous actions certainly seem to incline him towards an afterlife in hell. Essentially, this passage foreshadows the extreme character changes that Carton goes through, while emphasizing….
Tale of Two Cities
An Analysis of Duty and Sacrifice in Dickens' a Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens' 1859 A Tale of Two Cities deals with the dichotomous nature of man: the good and the bad, the selfish and the selfless. These two natures are observed in the two (ironically look-alike) characters, the dutiful Charles Darnay and the derelict Sydney Carton. Yet, just as the novel embodies a dichotomy, shown in its opening statement that "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times," (3) Sydney Carton also embodies a dichotomy: selfish and destructive throughout the tale, he performs one heroic deed in the novel's climax by sacrificing his life for Darnay's. Dickens, here, appears to be sending the message that one good action (such as Carton's) can make up for a lifetime of bad ones. He also appears to be following the Christian ethic that states….
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and eflections on the evolution in France, by Edmund Burke. Specifically it will compare the two novels, answering the question: "Given that our two authors are English, what do eflections on the evolution in France and A Tale of Two Cities tell you about English attitudes towards revolution in general and the French evolution in particular?" Both of these countries were in turmoil during the French evolution. England, only a few years before, had given up her rights to the United States, and so revolution was not the most popular term. The French evolution frightened many people, including many of the aristocratic English, who might even have feared revolution could spread to their own country.
Both of these English authors write of the French evolution from different perspectives. Dickens writes of it from a distinctly English point-of-view while actually championing some aspects of….
He then goes to the guillotine in Darnay's placed, disguised as his friend, and acting with the assurance that it is a "far better" thing that he is doing than anything he has ever done before.
2. Political Themes: The Loss of Personal inside the Political
Dickens uses characters, language, metaphor, and other literary elements in order to link his characters to the political themes in his book. It was been seen in the previous section how the setting of the novel indicated that an overt political interpretation was possible. In this section the precise nature of that political interpretation will be discussed.
Dickens makes suggestions throughout the text regarding the connection between the personal lives of his characters and their political selves. For example, when he is narrating the travels of a lorry driver who is on the way to pick up Dr. Manette from the prison at the novel's beginning,….
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York, Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
Hanisch, Carol. The Personal is Political. www.docs.google.com. February, 1969. Web. 14 December 2009. .
Stange, Robert. Dickens and the Fiery Past: A Tale of Two Cities Reconsidered. The English Journal 46 (1957): 381-90.
Stout, Daniel. Nothing Personal: The Decapitation of Character in A Tale of Two Cities. www.findarticles.com. Fall, 2007. Web. 15 December 2009. .
Dolor Sit Amet
After a day of nearly warlike conditions in the French capital, a massive crowd of Revolutionaries took to arms and toppled the symbol of French monarchy. The Bastille -- a medieval era tower building that was used as a prison -- was set ablaze all day yesterday. The number of people in the Revolutionary mob is estimated to be around 1000; the numbers of casualties have yet to be determined. What does this mean for London? Is a revolution of our own brewing?
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Opening Paragraph of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
In Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," the characters and settings are doubled, and even the opening lines of the story sets the stage for an age of paradox. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness," wrote Dickens.
This opening paragraph describes the conflict in France that Dickens will later describe in greater detail. asically, the peasants are being destroyed because of the needs and desires of the wealthy and affluent. Like exterminators killing roaches, the rich aimed to drive out the poor during this time.
The opening paragraph provides a strong start to a brief yet informative first chapter, which describes the era in which the novel takes place: England and France in 1775. This age was marked by contradiction and competition. It….
Rather than attempting to increase the diversification of product offerings, management at Best Buy have found small and subtle ways to adjust the retail experience, making stores (or more specifically, certain areas of each store) more tailored to specific classes and types of consumers. Sales staff have also been trained to use different language styles and sales efforts when dealing with different consumers, again tailoring each individual consumer's experience to their own personal needs and preferred methods of conducting business. By simply presenting and describing the largely technological offerings available at Best Buy stores in different manners to different consumers, sales have increased and the store's profitability has risen, as well. The continued success of the company depends on its ability to continue this process of incremental innovation, adjusting and developing as new consumer trends come to the fore.
Encouraging managers and employees to become intrapreneurs, making profitable incremental innovations….
In contrast, Dances with Wolves seems more like a western in that it takes place in the wild frontier and it centers on the white man's relationship with the Native Americans. The initial conflict and anxiety that the Natives experience is something that we can link to a western. There are other scenes, too, that make the film feel more like a western. These include a buffalo hunt and a fight with the angry tribe of Native Americans just to name a couple. It is important to note that we also have other battle scenes that make the movie feel more like a drama than a western. The move has been praised for its accuracy and historical detail and this makes it more than a western as well. This is not a light-hearted film like City Slickers. Instead, this movie encourages viewers to think about history and those that had….
The hungry birds in the sky pecked away at the bread. The presence of the birds was an independent event unrelated to the travails of the children: it could not be foreseen and would have not made getting loss more or less probable if Hansel had used stones. But with bread, alas, that was not the case.
"Don't the leaves of the trees look strange?" said Gretel. The conifers of the evergreen trees around the children were organized in perfect Pascal's triangles. The strangeness of the land of probability was confirmed when they came upon a gingerbread house covered with chocolate shingles and lollypops in every permutation of the colors of the rainbow (Hansel and Gretel calculated the possible combinations). Had the children been less hungry and weary they would have further calculated a subset of probabilities that the individual who owned such an abode was likely to be a….
OZ and Transition
The izard of Oz provides Americans with a text that helps them make the transition from the country to the city and sets the stage for the commodified American popular culture of the 20th century. This paper will show how, thanks to its pristine (Emerald) beauty and adventurous episodes, Oz makes "the city" much more appealing than the muted, old-fashioned of America. It will also explain why Dorothy returns to Kansas (someone has to take back home the message of how amazing "the city" is).
Baum's Oz shows that everyman can become a king if he pursues his own desires: thus, the Scarecrow is awarded leadership over the Emerald City, the Tinman leadership over inkie County, and the Cowardly Lion kingship over the forest. Each character, of course, rises to meet his own personal challenge -- but, nonetheless, these are clear examples of how the American Dream is perfectly….
Tale of Two Cities Wealthy Aristocrat Stands Trial for Treason. Charles Darnay stands trial for the high crime of treason today at the Old Bailey Courthouse. Darnay is suspected of…Read Full Paper ❯
Business - Law
Sydney Carton, the infamous esquire with a personal life of ill repute, pulled the strings that led to acquittal, despite famous attorney Stryver's best attempts. Pointing out that…Read Full Paper ❯
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [...] how "Vengeance is self-perpetuating" applies to the novel. Vengeance is important in this novel because it illustrates how seeking vengeance…Read Full Paper ❯
Tale of Two Cities The opening sentences of Charles Dickens's novel A Tale of Two Cities is famous because its writing draws the reader into the world depicted in…Read Full Paper ❯
The Revolutionary period and its effects and causes went beyond scores of years as highlighted by Dickens, but the major events of the French Revolution took place between 1787…Read Full Paper ❯
He arguably represented some of the worst vices of humanity, and in saving innocent lives he demonstrates some of the best characteristics of humanity. His choosing to squander…Read Full Paper ❯
Tale of Two Cities An Analysis of Duty and Sacrifice in Dickens' a Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens' 1859 A Tale of Two Cities deals with the dichotomous nature…Read Full Paper ❯
Drama - World
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and eflections on the evolution in France, by Edmund Burke. Specifically it will compare the two novels, answering the question: "Given…Read Full Paper ❯
He then goes to the guillotine in Darnay's placed, disguised as his friend, and acting with the assurance that it is a "far better" thing that he is…Read Full Paper ❯
Drama - World
Dolor Sit Amet Bastille Stormed! After a day of nearly warlike conditions in the French capital, a massive crowd of Revolutionaries took to arms and toppled the symbol of French monarchy.…Read Full Paper ❯
Opening Paragraph of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens In Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," the characters and settings are doubled, and even the opening lines…Read Full Paper ❯
Rather than attempting to increase the diversification of product offerings, management at Best Buy have found small and subtle ways to adjust the retail experience, making stores (or…Read Full Paper ❯
In contrast, Dances with Wolves seems more like a western in that it takes place in the wild frontier and it centers on the white man's relationship with the…Read Full Paper ❯
The hungry birds in the sky pecked away at the bread. The presence of the birds was an independent event unrelated to the travails of the children: it…Read Full Paper ❯
OZ and Transition The izard of Oz provides Americans with a text that helps them make the transition from the country to the city and sets the stage for the…Read Full Paper ❯