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  1. A tale of two cities

    Dickens exploits powerful metaphors to create an impacting atmosphere around the reader. This is evident when he describes the Saint-Antoine crowd as 'the living sea'. This really expresses the crowd as a large, powerful unstoppable force. This style is coupled when he adds, 'rose wave on wave'. The word 'rose' emphasizes the sheer might and sudden increase of the mob and scares readers with how he links it with his political views. This prevailing uprising he talks about is designed to warn the people in Britain how quickly a revolution can start and heighten rapidly.

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  2. Scaredy cat Walking into the theme park, a smell of doughnuts, hotdogs and candyfloss drifted past. Two children raced each other

    Our warning had been received!!! Someone had informed him that there were some queue jumpers. Soon we were frantically trying to rush to the front of the queue, a gust of wind hit, pushing us back; like a barrier blocking anyone from moving, even breathing. My chest felt wheezy and tight. I tried to grab the thin air. This was the worst pain any human being could ever experience and it was happening to me!!! Why??? Trying to catch my breath back I didn't even notice Lucie was dragging me along. It seemed like we had lost the security guard.

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  3. Referring closely to the use of language, show how Charles Dickens examines the tragic consequences of unruly behaviour in Chapter Twenty One of 'A Tale of Two Cities'. How does he bring out the dramatic tension?

    It carries the moral throughout the chapter of the consequences of unruly behaviour. 'A Tale of Two Cities' deals with such themes as overthrowing the aristocracy and the influence that rich have over poor. These themes, although placed in the context of France in the Nineteenth Century, were still relevant in England over one hundred years later, and, in fact, today. Even in our present day, we can relate to these atrocities as there are countries struggling under political oppression and wars in places such as Iraq. It is a particularly tense section of the book with very fraught moments.

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  4. A Tale of Two Cities Critical Lens

    Through the use of characterization Charles Dickens proves this quote. The character Sydney Carton is a man who appears to be not much. He is always drunk and unkept in his appearance. His character appears to be useless to any of the other characters in the story, but he really turns out to be one of the main essential characters in the novel. When Charles Darnay stands trial for being accused of being a spy who is giving English information to the French, Sydney saves Darnay by showing how much they both look alike and thereby making all other evidence admitted obsolete.

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  5. In the stories that we have read, the writers present, main characters whom either conform to or rebel against their society. Compare and contrast the presentation of these characters. To what extent do the characters successfully manage their situations?

    In twenty six and a girl, the men stash all their hope and love in the girl, imagining she loves them like they love her. In the unexpected Dorothea runs from the threat of a loveless marriage, even though she will be made so very rich. It appears all three writers seem to have ideas about what you should do when in this position, as an idea of what life is about, and how society affects the characters. As all three stories are short stories, they fulfil to the short story genre. They all face adversity, as I said before.

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  6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

    Gaspard, the father of the boy stepped forward and the Marquis threw out a gold coin at him. This was the value of a peasant's life for the noblemen of France. Defarge threw the coin back at the Marquis. Gaspard in his grief decided to take revenge. He quietly held on the chain at the bottom of the carriage and got off at the palace gates. Marquis St. Evremonde had dinner with his nephew who had come to meet him from England, where he lived under the name of Charles Darney. That night Gaspard climbed into the room of the Marquis and struck a dagger into the heart of the Marquis.

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  7. Compare and contrast the ways in which Shaw and Dickens present irony through their narrative voice in 'The Devil's Disciple' and 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

    Shaw's voice does not have such a multi faceted job, if the audience are watching the play rather than reading it. In the case of watching the play, the scene is set, the characters are played by actors and the narrative voice becomes redundant to the audience, if not the actors, because all the asides are being performed by the cast. For the purpose of this essay, I will consider the reading audience of Shaw, as opposed to the viewing audience.

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  8. "It is possible to admire Sydney Carton but never to like him" - How far do you agree with this statement?

    The former "jackal" dies seeing a better world come out of the trouble times of the Revolution, a long life for Lucie Manette and her family - made possible by his sacrifice. In the fifth chapter of the second book, "The Jackal", Carton is described as a lazy alcoholic attorney who cannot manage to take even the smallest amount of interest in his own life, he'd rather drink it away. "Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men," Although this may not mean that he is lazy in his work but rather that he is lazy in life because he is too idle to want to do anything with it.

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  9. The fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

    There are travels by the characters between the countries, but most of the action takes place in Paris, France. The wineshop in Paris is the hot spot for the French revolutionists, mostly because the wineshop owner, Ernest Defarge, and his wife, Madame Defarge, are key leaders and officials of the revolution. Action in the book is scattered out in many places; such as the Bastille, Tellson's Bank, the home of the Manettes, and largely, the streets of Paris. These places help to introduce many characters into the plot. One of the main characters, Madame Therese Defarge, is a major antagonist who seeks revenge, being a key revolutionist.

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  10. By means of exercising refined style and accomplished structure, Dickens takes the reader through rapidly changing scenes, to the final climax.

    Manette's paper is read Conclusion * A Tale of Two Cities is a story of secrets * Life has many secrets: we would never know why certain things happen "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens Journal Entry Three: Dickens' Magic A Tale of Two Cities is said to be Dickens' best constructed novel, as his first few were criticized to be strings of sketches. Great Expectations, for example, had a looser framework, as the plot did not include much structure and style, compassing merely of a first-person account of events.

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  11. Which character from The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is the most heroic?

    Miss Pross also endures a lot of emotional pain when her brother Solomon reveals his true identity to her. Finally, Miss Pross�s love and great determination to save Lucie from Madame Defarge makes her one of the most heroic character in this book. While Lucie's father was in jail, (her mother died when she was two), for seventeen years Miss Pross was the only motherly and fatherly figure in Lucie�s life. She took care of Lucie and loved her like her own child. From the site www.angelfire.com, she is called "the guardian and companion of Lucie." Miss Pross is considered a hero because she devoted her whole life to this "orphan".

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  12. Will Charles Ever Be Saved From the Evremonde Name?

    Unfortunately, the Evremonde brothers took a claim to Madame's unwilling sister making her and her family victims to these ruthless men. Tied down and raped, the girl was left distraught and helpless to her dying family. The lady's husband was worked to death and her father died of a broken heart, leaving her brother to hide Madame Defarge and return to fight Charles's father who skillfully killed the young lad. Doctor Manette, who was called to assess these suffering bodies in their last moments of life, witnesses this event.

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  13. A little about Charles Dickens…

    His daughter Kate is born. * 1842 - He travels through Canada and the USA (see page 4) * 1844 - His son Francis Jeffery is born * 1845 - The debut of his amateur theatrical company. Another son, called Alfred, is born * 1847 - His son , Sydney, is born. * 1849 - His son, Henry Fielding Dickens, is born * 1850 - Founds and edits the weekly "Household Words" and his daughter Dora Annie Dickenson is born although she dies just 8 months later.

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  14. The first story to be discussed is called "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" written by James Thurber in 1942.

    "That I am at present a bachelor of between fifty-nine and sixty years of age. Of Walter Mitty: 'You're not a young man any longer'. Walter Mitty is a middle class citizen of North America in the 1940's whereas Michael is a lower class Englishman of the 1850's. They live in different countries in different times. Only Walter's wife is mentioned in his story and she seems to be like a mother to Walter rather than a wife. "Why don't you wear your gloves?

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  15. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Dickens' purposes in using 'recalled to life.'

    Although Dickens supported the ideals that the French Revolution stood for, such as winning the vote and no more outrageous taxes, he did not support the chaotic manner in which the French nation went about attaining this (by slaughtering thousands of innocent people because they were somehow related to the aristocracy). The fact that Dickens was in a quantity is obvious in the tale of Charles Darnay, a man who revoked his relation to the vicious, aristocratic family, the Evremonds, and how he is 'recalled' to his life as an Evremonde by Madame Defarge, an angered citizen who even tried to have a nine-year-old girl slaughtered, because she was the daughter of Darnay.

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  16. How do the "Poor Relation" and "Fireflies" help us to understand how stories help us make sense of the world?

    One of Michael's main supports to cope with his life is his companion Little Frank. With Little Frank, Michael believes he is like a father figure to him. He explains to us how somebody said to him "sir, your little son has dropped his glove", and how touched he was which brought the foolish tears into his eyes. Michael tries to warn Little Frank not to follow in his footsteps because he doesn't want him to go through life like he himself has. Maybe because Michael has failed in marriage and business he feels he has succeeded in being a "father-like figure".

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  17. What similarities exist between "The Poor Relation's Story" by Charles Dickens and "The Life of Ma Parker" by Katherine Mansfield? What conclusions can be drawn from these similarities about the literature of social reform?

    A person needs to go on holiday, have a night out etc. If these variations are missing from a person's life, then it is a clear indication that they lack either the resources or the will to afford these variations. In the case of the main characters, i.e. Michael and Ma Parker, we can see it is a little bit of both. Neither of these characters are wealthy for various reasons, but at the same time, they are resigned to their poverty.

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  18. “A Tale of Two Cities”: Essay

    He learns cobbling in an attempt to create a retreat from the harsh treatment in prison. Whenever Dr. Manette recalls his days in the Bastille, he breaks down again. When he is released, Ernest Defarge (a former servant) keeps him in a room so revolutionaries can view him. After he returns to London with Lucy, Jarvis Lorry (a representative of Tellson's Bank) attempts to put an end to Dr. Manette's insanity by destroying the cobbling tools. Nonetheless, there is another episode of dementia after the attempt to cease it.

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  19. Compare ‘The Black veil’ by Charles Dickens with the first chapter of ‘Talking in whispers’ by James Watson

    Dickens's London is an unpleasant and filthy place in writing this story Dickens hopes to shows this suffering to people and motivate them to take action against it. Watsons Chile is harsh and sometimes shocking in an attempt to awaken people to the brutal reality of military takeover. Both books describe suffering and the authors used this to motivate people then and today to do something about it. I believe that these books are just as good as motivators today as they were when first written because the themes are still relevant.

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  20. The influence of crowds in a tale of two cities

    The collective mentality of the people reduces with the bigger amounts of people. This is true with crowds today. "at every vote, the populace set up a shout of applause. All the voices were in the prisoners favour, and the President declared him free."."no sooner was the acquittal pronounced, then tears were shed as freely as blood at another time, and such fraternal embraces were bestowed upon the prisoner of by as many of both sexes and could rush at them, that after his long and unwholesome confinement he was in danger of fainting from extortion; none the less because he knew very well, that the very same people, carried by another current,

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  21. A Tale of Two Cities

    He seems to be having his last words with Darnay now. Let's take a look... Dr. Manette: (on knees to Darnay) Please forgive me! I meant no harm! Please, I am sorry! Darnay: "No, no! What have you done...that you should kneel to us! We know now, what a struggle you made of old. We know now, what you have underwent when you suspected my descent, and when you knew it.

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  22. Atmosphere in the Opening of 'A Tale of Two Cities'

    Firstly, the mist is ?an evil spirit?, which suggests that it is alive or has ?unfinished business? on earth. It suggests that the mist has an agenda, and given that it is ?trying? to engulf the carriage in itself, it appears that it has some sort of agenda against something or someone in the carriage. Secondly, everyone on the mail suspects each other of something; they don?t know anything about each other because the passengers feel that that is information that could be used against them. Both of these things don?t necessarily mean anything, but it plants the idea in the reader?s mind that something significant is about to happen, specifically something bad, involving someone on the Dover Mail.

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  23. Comparing France and England at the time of the Revolution.

    Nevertheless, though the bonds that connect these two countries were deliberately erased from the pages of history, the chronicles of many smaller men are passed down from one generation to the next to these very times, where they act as fuel that keeps these words flowing.... Many centuries ago, in the year seventeen seventy five, though Paris had still been the capital of France; and though London had, even then, been the capital of England, the two countries and their prime cities could not have undergone a more shocking change when compared to our modern times.

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