Tale of Two Cities

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Book II “The Golden Thread” Journal

Chapters 1-5:


Recalled (to life): Dickens title Book I “Recalled to life” and throughout the novel it has been brought up multiple times. It is used to begin a new start to a character’s life. ➢“The Judge, whose eyes had gone in the general direction, recalled them…” (67). The two witnesses will change Charles Darnay’s life forever. If he goes to prison, his life could essentially be similar to Doctor Manette’s. ➢‘“You had abandoned all hope of being dug out?’ ‘Long ago.’ ‘You know that you are recalled to life?’ ‘They tell me so’” (17). This quote is referring to how Doctor Manette is getting after prison after 18 years and will have to start a new life. •Death: Dickens uses death as a symbol for the end of secrets, people, and ideas. He also uses Death in Books I and II to create a mysterious and dark tone for the remainder of a scene. ➢“…putting to Death was a recipe much in vogue…Death is Nature’s remedy for all things…” (56). Dickens is saying the death can fix anything that has gone wrong and can put a stop to anything. ➢“…everyone of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret…Something of the awfulness, even of Death itself, is referable to this” (14-15). In this passage, Dickens is telling the readers that death can silence a person and all of their secrets.

Class Notes with Additional Recurrences:

Literary Device(s):
“When the Attorney-General ceased, a buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipations of what he was soon to become” (69). ➢Extended metaphor

In this time period, people were excited for others to be executed. Dickens uses blue-flies in a metaphor for the people in the courtroom whom are hoping to see a public execution. Flies tend to be rather annoying and can come in a large mass, therefore they represent...
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