A Tale of 2 Cities Mini Book Report
William Yang Mrs. Hartmann Period 4 Honors English 9 October 12, 2009 SSR Quarter 1: A Tale of 2 Cities A Tale of 2 Cities is a traditional unique written by Charles Dickens. It is a historical/realistic-fiction book with numerous well established characters, settings, styles, and plot. Remarkably, the book has numerous main characters. They are all established throughout the entire story- some are flat and some are round. Nevertheless, to much of the readers, one character appears to be really special and moving. The character, Sydney Carton, is most likely the most memorable character in the book.
Dickens shows that he is round changing from a “jackal” and an alcoholic into a hero (although it is difficult to call him a protagonist), compromising his own life for a lady he liked, however could never be with. In some methods, he can relate to the active reader due to the fact that of his deep interest in the events that are going on. Another significant character would be Mr. Jarvis Truck. He is a flat character and the best image and representation of a Victorian-English hero. His generosity, supportiveness, and kindness are reflected upon his virtuous actions.
He is the very first significant character presented in the novel and is present throughout the entire novel. Yet another significant character in the novel would be Madame Defarge. Being the most ominous, cold hearted and evil character, she is the villain who represents a sans-culotte, a die-hard French Revolutionary lady whom Dickens planned for her to represent the cold hearted Lady Macbeth. She and her partner are responsible for the lead characters’ misery on numerous celebrations. A Tale of Two Cities happens throughout the Reign of terror in 2 cities- France and England.
The setting mainly added to the major themes and the tone of the whole novel. It assists emphasize the victory of the Revolutionaries and horrors that the victims of the Revolution dealt with. It likewise helps reveal the issues England dealt with too- that includes the fascination of paranormal and superstitious principles. The setting also helps contribute to a prominent theme that Dickens utilizes- duality (2 cities). Duality is right away noticed due to the fact that it is revealed in the opening lines, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times” (7 ). This theme is frown at in the characters and occasions that take place in the story too. Since the setting contributes so much to the story, it acts as a major part for Dickens’s building of the book. A significant theme in the book would be the style of resurrection. Although this does not send out an ethical message (not all styles do so), it contributes to the novel’s tone. The storming of the Bastille, the renewal of Medical professional Mannette’s (another major character) mind, and Sydney Carton’s insight of a new French empire are all examples of carefully crafted events that assist show the presence of this theme.
In reality, the whole book has to do with renewal, regeneration, and renewal. The issue in this story, endangerment of the Darnay household (also major characters and lead characters), is solved by Container’s sacrifice. In his foresight, the 3rd generations of the Darnay family call their kids after Sydney. This also shows resurrection in some way. A Tale of 2 Cities begins with Jarvis Lorry riding up a hill and receiving a message calling him to inform the orphaned 17 years of age Lucie Mannette (the main lead character) that her father is still alive and assist her discover him.
He is discovered mentally troubled put behind bars in the Bastille, but he is totally invigorated from seeing and connecting with Lucie. With the aid of Mr. Defarge and Jarvis Truck, they discover transport back house in England. Here the Mannettes and Sydney Container stand as testaments for Charles Darnay (yet another major character who traveled with them on the way back to England) in a trial for life and death. Darnay is found innocent and falls for Lucie. When they get married, Madame Defarge discovers and plots versus Darnay since his dad and uncle had raped and murdered her sisters and eliminated the rest of her household.
In the end, Defarge is able to get Darnay imprisoned and sentenced to death. This novel, without a doubt, is my preferred book of perpetuity. Dickens has the ability to write such a work with careful building and construction of styles, motifs, allegories, allusions, and signs, innovative story structure, many literary elements, and vibrant descriptiveness and tone that makes the novel an undeniable masterpiece. He is also able to add an extremely comic and easy going side to the story through the actions of one side character.
Although to many, the book was long-winded and hard to follow, I enjoyed Dickens’s wordiness and I didn’t have any significant problems following the story. Therefore, there was absolutely nothing I didn’t like about this novel. The story was not predictable and kept me on my toes, however it was still credible. The story ends with Sydney Container dying in location of Darnay to protect the happiness of Lucie Mannette, the lady he enjoyed. It closes with a significant quote that mentions William Shakespeare’s Hamlet specifying, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have actually ever done; it is a far, far much better rest that I go to than I have actually ever known” (386 ).