A Tale of Two Cities - Book Report

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Rodriguez, David

10/19/12

Book Report: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is written by Charles Dickens and was first published in 1859. This book shows the conditions of the poor, lower class, French people which were deprived by the French superior class during the years getting closer to the French revolution. This book displays a series of different parts. It may seem very confusing at times but if you reread most parts then you will understand them. There are many central characters but the ones which appear most often are the characters, Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay. Charles was once from the superior French class but he fails to maintain his place there. Sydney is an attorney in the story and happens to love Charles Danrnay’s wife. The setting is, obviously, in France.
A Tale of Two Cities is divided into three different books. They are, Book the First: Recalled to Life, Book the Second: The Golden Thread, and Book the Third: The Track of a Storm. In Recalled to Life the characters are Jarvis Lorry, Lucie Manette, and Monsieur and Madame Defarge. The defarges work at a shop where they sell wine. In this book they have a special name for each other which is “Jacques”. The monsieur Defarge takes care of Doctor Manette which is now insane because he has been in prison for a very long time. He learned the trade of making shoes in prison so he now makes shoes. Miss Lorry and Miss Manette take the Doctor back to England after he recognizes his daughter which he did not know because of his time in prison. He compares her hair to a hair which he had of his wife’s hair which is blonde, the same as his daughter’s.
In the Second Book, The Golden Thread, the setting is five years later. It begins John Barsad and Roger Cly which are two British spies who try to find Charles Darnay guilty, even though he has done nothing wrong. He is being held for treason at the Old Bailey, a criminal courthouse which still stands in present day.

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