|A TALE OF TWO CITIES
*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
* 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
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.
Dicken’s opinions of the following are evident in the novel:
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:
Theme of resurrection or rebirth through sacrifice:
Theme of importance of home and family:
Plight of the poor