A Tale of Two Cities | Critical Essay by Murray Baumgarten

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of A Tale of Two Cities.
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Critical Essay by Murray Baumgarten

SOURCE: “Writing the Revolution,” in Dickens Studies Annual, Vol. 12, edited by Michael Timko, et al., AMS Press, 1983, pp. 161-76.

In the following essay, Baumgarten examines the significance of writing in A Tale of Two Cities.

Lives are saved by bits of paper on which a few words have been written in A Tale of Two Cities and they are also doomed by them. Letters of safe passage make it possible for Lucie and her father, Jarvis Lorry and Pross to leave France at the end of the novel; but no passport is available for Charles Darnay in his own name and he must use his double's. Madame Defarge's knitting is a deadly form of writing. Gaspard writes on the walls in wine what he will later inscribe in blood. Despite the intentions of their authors, these...

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