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A Tale of Two Cities (Cliffs Notes) - Study Notesby Marie Kalil
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In CliffsNotes on A Tale of Two Cities, you experience one of Charles Dickens's most important works as he recounts the horrors of the French Revolution in what amounts to a cautionary tale warning of the possibility of revolution in 18th-century England. From its first line ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times") to its last ("It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"), Dickens's novel of revolution, sacrifice, and redemption continues to captivate modern imaginations.
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This is one of Dickens's parable stories centered on the fortunes of a family during the French Revolution as society is crumbling. This novel places society's regeneration in friendship, the family, and heroic self-sacrifice, each of which is based on love.
This volume offers critical commentaries, character analyses and essays on Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," and includes a review section to reinforce understanding of the novel.
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Painting a picture through plots, rather than developing characters through dialogue, Charles Dickens took a turn away from his typical style with "A Tale of Two Cities. CliffNotes on A Tale of Two Cities takes you deep into this prime piece of English literature with plot summaries, characters analyses, glossaries, and background about Dickens' motivation for writing a richly detailed account of the best of times and the worst of times. Polish your knowledge of England and France in the late eighteenth century as you take a shine to a story told about economic distress, social unrest, and emerging rights of people - revolutionary ideas for any age!
About the Author
MARIE KALIL received her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in nineteenth-century British and American Literature. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Iowa Western Community College.
Table of Contents
Life and Background of the Author.
Introduction to the Novel.
Book the First: Recalled to Life.
Chapter 1: The Period.
Chapter 2: The Mail.
Chapter 3: The Night Shadows.
Chapter 4: The Preparation.
Chapter 5: The Wine-shop.
Chapter 6: The Shoemaker.
Book the Second: The Golden Thread.
Chapter 1: Five Years Later.
Chapter 2: A Sight.
Chapter 3: A Disappointment.
Chapter 4: Congratulatory.
Chapter 5: The Jackal.
Chapter 6: Hundreds of People.
Chapter 7: Monseigneur in Town.
Chapter 8: Monseigneur in the Country.
Chapter 9: The Gorgon's Head.
Chapter 10: Two Promises.
Chapter 11: A Companion Picture.
Chapter 12: The Fellow of Delicacy.
Chapter 13: The Fellow of No Delicacy.
Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman.
Chapter 15: Knitting.
Chapter 16: Still Knitting.
Chapter 17: One Night.
Chapter 18: Nine Days.
Chapter 19: An Opinion.
Chapter 20: A Plea.
Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps.
Chapter 22: The Sea Still Rises.
Chapter 23: Fire Rises.
Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock.
Book the Third: The Track of a Storm.
Chapter 1: In Secret.
Chapter 2: The Grindstone.
Chapter 3: The Shadow.
Chapter 4: Calm in Storm.
Chapter 5: The Wood-Sawyer.
Chapter 6: Triumph.
Chapter 7: A Knock at the Door.
Chapter 8: A Hand at Cards.
Chapter 9: The Game Made.
Chapter 10: The Substance of the Shadow.
Chapter 11: Dusk.
Chapter 12: Darkness.
Chapter 13: Fifty-two.
Chapter 14: The Knitting Done.
Chapter 15: The Footsteps Die Out Forever.
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