A Tale Of Two Citites

  • Category: History
  • Words: 214
  • Grade: 88
Lucie's life has come full circle now. Once her father was imprisoned unfairly and now her husband has befallen the same fate. Dickens draws this circle for the reader carefully by reminding us of how the sick Dr. Manette used to pace his room at nights. Dickens describes Darnay, in the beginning of his imprisonment, pacing back and forth in his cell. Dr. Manette, in his incoherent and tortured states used to pace around his room as he once did in the Bastille. By this, Dickens demonstrates how history repeats its injustices. However, the injustice done to Dr. Manette now serves a purpose. The horrible wrong he suffered is used for right; it is saving the life of his daughter's husband. Darnay is not free of danger yet, however. Dickens uses clever imagery to remind the reader that the guillotine is still hard at work. The woodcutter in the alley describes his hatchet as if it was the guillotine and his logs were the heads of aristocrats. The dance of the mob led by The Vengeance mimes the motions of the guillotine, celebrating its horrible efficacy. All this keeps the reader on edge. The mob is ruthless and almost no one in their registers (one of which knitted by Madame Defarge) is spared.

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