Analysis Of Charles Dickens 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

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Charles Dickens uses several devices in his writing in order to move his tale forward. These include the use of doubles, different themes, and complex characters. These also help with the setting, tone, visualization, and motives throughout the novel.
Dickens uses characters whose appearances and experiences are paralleled to show contrast in their character and lifestyles. While on trial as a suspected spy, Charles Darnay meets his doppelgänger, Sydney Carton. These men both appear as successful and well off. Both men show their willingness to sacrifice, with Darnay giving up a lavish lifestyle in order to flee to England, and Carton deciding to give up a life he perceives to be worthless in order to save the husband of the woman he loves. They both also are in love with Lucie Manette, which inspires their decisions throughout the novel.
Other evidence of doubles is found throughout the book. The two cities, London and Paris, provide the setting for the novel. Both cities are the capital of their countries, and are suffering with cruel rulers. Contrasting London, Paris 's citizens had rebelled against their administration. The French Revolution provided a way for British officials to reflect on what was wrong with the French 's government, and allowed them to debate on how to prevent that in their own country. The opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities uses doubles to show opposites, such as 'best of times ' and 'worst of times '; 'wisdom ' and 'foolishness ';…

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