Author- Charles Dickens
The first few lines which open A Tale of Two Cities “ It was the best of times, the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,” From these first few words, my prediction is that there is tensions between love and family. The repetition of ‘it was the age…’ shows that there are many different scenarios in the book, some consisting that of good and evil. I predict that the opposing pairs in this passage also initiate the novel’s prominent motifs and structural features e.g. wisdom and foolishness, seasons of Light and season of Darkness.
Throughout reading the first few chapters of the book I have noticed that the narrator is anonymous and could even be though of as Dickens himself. The narrator maintains a clear sympathy for the story’s morally good characters e.g. Sydney Carton. When he criticizes hateful figures in the book like Madame Defarge who cannot appreciate love, he understands that oppression has made these characters who they are. The narrator speaks in third person and switches focus between cities and among several characters. The narrator is also wise as he does not reveal the thoughts, emotions and motives of the character but gives the historical context to the events that occur. The author sets the tone of the book to be sentimental, sympathetic, sarcastic, horrific, grotesque and grim.