A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - 1859 - Research Article from Literary Themes: War and Peace

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A Tale of Two Cities is set before and during the French Revolution, and examines the harsh conditions and brutal realities of life during this difficult time. While the conditions before the revolution were deplorable, things were far from ideal afterward as the violence toward, and oppression of, one class was reversed once the poor overthrew the nobility. In the end, the only glimmer of hope comes with the heroic sacrifice of Sydney Carton, as he gives his life for the good of others.

According to Dickens's Preface, the inspiration for the story came from two sources. The first was Wilkie Collins's play The Frozen Deep, in which two rivals unknowingly embark on the same doomed Arctic expedition, and one ends up dying to save his rival. The second was Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History. The details in the portions of A Tale of Two Cities that take...

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