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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. “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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