A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

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To be fair, the process of reading through and understanding Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities is not an easy task for a reader who is unfamiliar with the language and culture of the era the novel was written in, 1859 was when it was first published, to be exact. Although, the story itself takes place even earlier, between the times frames of before and during the French Revolution, the text still manages to be confusing to a modern reader. This issue can of course be simply pinned to the fact that it is incredibly difficult to understand societies and people of the past even if a specific culture is only dated back by a few hundred years.
It is important to note though, that in Dickens’s time it was common to have works such as A Tale of Two Cities serialized chapter by chapter in various newspapers around the world. One of those newspapers in particular being the popular American publication Harper 's Weekly. Harper’s Weekly has a similar setup to any typical newspaper of the modern era. Every issue is filled with an assortment of articles dealing in the latest world news, politics, economics and business, and most importantly entertainment: down to political cartoons, to short stories, and chapters from longer publications much like A Tale of Two Cities. By reading through the material Harper’s has to offer it is much easier for a modern reader to place the time period Dickens’s is writing from along with his references within the novel of how the times were in the…

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