A tale of two cities



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A TALE OF TWO CITIES

NOTES
Historical Novel-

*A novel in which the action takes place in an historical setting before the time of the

author’s writing it.

*A historical novel tries to present the attitudes and customs of the times accurately.

* Also, the main character usually has divided loyalties which are set in the historical

context.

* The reader knows the outcome of history, but the character doesn’t. The resolution of

the conflict for the character is usually directly related to the social conflicts of the



time.
Epithets- An adjective or phrase used to define a characteristic or attribute of some person or thing.
Homeric epithet is an adjective, usually a compound adjective, repeatedly used of the same thing or person- i.e. - “the wine-dark sea” – “golden hair”.
Parallelism- A balanced arrangement of sentences or phrases suggesting some correspondence between them. i.e. - “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”- Dickens compares the two cities in the opening paragraph.









  • Use of suspense:



  • Dicken’s often exaggerates the descriptions and actions of his characters so they become caricatures for a particular class of people (stock characters)-


  • Use of pairs or twins in the novel:




  • Use of symbols in the novel:




  • Themes:

    • Theme of resurrection or rebirth through sacrifice:

    • Dr Manette

    • Sydney Carton

    • Charles Darnay




  • Theme of importance of home and family:

  • Plight of the poor


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