A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

1177 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
A Tale of Two Cities is a story of love, revenge, sacrifice, and the beauty of life. The novel begins in the year 1775 and takes place in two cities, London and Paris. The author of this novel, Charles Dickens, shows the discrepancy between the lives of the aristocrats and the peasants, and puts on display the anger and hatred that the lower-class has for the upper-class. This ultimately ends up becoming the French Revolution. To demonstrate life during this time, Dickens goes through the events of the story using many characters with all different backgrounds. Although Charles Dickens uses many writing techniques throughout A Tale of Two Cities, the literary device of foreshadowing sticks out, starting with the spilled wine cask on the streets and ending with the death of Sydney Carton. The first sign of foreshadowing in the novel occurs in outside a small wine shop in Saint Antoine, France. When a wine cask from the shop spills, droves of people flood the streets looking to quench the thirst of their children and themselves. Once all of the wine is gone, everyone returns back to their normal day like nothing ever happened. However, the stains of the spilled red wine remain. As the narrator explains, “It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes” (Dickens 32). This symbolizes the blood that will soon be shed over the coming years when the French Revolution begins. Ironically, the wine shop that is the site of all this…

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