A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

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Many characters in novels are metaphorically, physically, or emotionally brought back to life to portray the author’s main point of redemption and resurrection. In A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, almost every character experienced or had a role in the resurrection of another. To truly undergo resurrection, one is required to have died, and then rise from the dead. In the Dickens novel, a few characters experienced true resurrection, however, the idea of figurative resurrection within individuals is exemplified even more in the plot. Dickens uses this concept of resurrection to elaborate on his main idea that everyone could experience redemption and recovery if they deserved it. In the beginning of the novel, the notion of resurrection is first introduced in Mr. Lorry’s dream, where he physically dug a man up from the ground. It is described that Lorry would “dig, and dig, dig- now with a spade, now with a great key, now with his hands- to dig this wretched creature out,” (Dickens 14). This chapter in the novel is an example of symbolism, in which a trapped and abandoned man is brought back into civilization. After this alarming dream, the resurrected man takes over Mr. Lorry’s mind, and drives curious thoughts to force Lorry to ask himself who this man is, and why he was buried alive. The rhetorical device of foreshadowing is extremely prevalent in these chapters. By introducing the reader to a prisoner who is buried alive and brought back to redeem themselves,…

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