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Point of View- The novel is written in the third person and the narrator often switches between the two cities focusing on various characters.

Conflict- There seems to be two conflicts in the novel. The first being Madame Defarge's quest for vengeance against the character Darnay due to his relation with the character Marquis Evrémonde. The other conflict involves the characters Manette, Lucie, Carton, and Jarvis Lorry's struggle to protect Darnay from the terrible fate of the guillotine, which is reserved for revolutionaries.

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Considered the most famous work of fictional literature, selling well over 200 million copies.


The source for Dickens novel is The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle, Dickens used this book to help make his fictional novel as historically accurate as possible.


The novel was initially published in pieces as opposed to a complete novel in a magazine. The magazine was created by Dickens and known as All the Year Round.

Book Summary

A Tale of Two Cities is considered one of the more famous pieces of literature in the last few centuries. The novel is a fictional story centered around the very real French and English revolutions. In the novel, the reader is introduced to several characters who all play different rolls in the revolution, however are all connected. The story centers around a few characters in particular, Charles Darnay, Lucie Manette, Sydney Carton, and Monsieur and Madame Defarge. In the novel Charles Darnay hails from French Aristocracy, however he denounces his past and seeks a new life in England. Meanwhile in France, a revolution is brewing and two of the influential leaders are Madame and Monsieur Defarge. The Defarge's have put a bounty on all of the aristocracy in France, and one man who's on that list is Charles Darnay.

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