A Tale Of 2 Citys


THE NEW AMERICAN, INC. Published in the year 1960 354
PAGES Guillermo Chiu Social Studies Period / G Summary of
Novel A Tale of Two Cities is written by Charles Dickens
and it takes place in France and England during the troubled
times of the French Revolution. The characters travels to both
country but most of the story happens in Paris, France. The
hot spot of the French revolutionists, mostly takes place in a
wineshop in Paris, because the wineshop owner is Ernest
Defarge and his wife, Madame Defarge are the key leaders
and officials of the revolution. The action in the book takes
place in many parts of Paris, such as the Bastille, Tellson?s
Bank, the home of the Manettes and largely in the streets of
Paris. This places help introduce many characters into the
story. One of the main characters, Madame Theresa Defrage,
is a major antagonist who seeks revenge. She is a very tense
and unforgiving woman who seeks revenge on the
Evermonde family. Through out the story, she weave shrouds
for the intended victims of the revolution. Charles Darnay, one
of whom Mrs. Defarge is seeking revenge, is constantly being
put on the stand and wants no part of his own lineage. He is
languid protagonist and has a tendency to get arrested and
must be bailed out several times during the story. Dr.
Alexander Manette, a veteran prisoner of the Bastille and
moderate protagonist, cannot escape the memory of being
held and sometimes fall back to cobbling shoes, he plays a
very significant part in the story. His daughter , Lucie Manette,
a positive protagonist, is loved by many and marries Charles
Darnay. She is a quiet, emotional person and discriminating
protagonist in the story. One who never forgot the love of
Lucie, was Sydney Carton, who starts off as a frustrated,
immature alcoholic, but in the end, he made the ultimate
sacrifice for a good friend. This are the characters that gives
the interesting and dramatic plot to the story. Carton was
deeply in love with Lucie and is always telling her that he
loves her so much that he would do anything for her but Lucie
ends up marring Darnay, a few days after their marriage when
they were on their honeymoon, Dr. Manette has a fall back
and cobbles shoes for nine straight days. France?s citizens
arm themselves for a revolutoin led by the Defarges and
starts the revolution by riding to Bastille. Shortly before they
start the revolution, the Marquis runs over a child in the street
of Paris. The child?s father, Gaspard who is part of the
revolution murders Marquis. Three years later Darnay is
called back to Paris to help his friend Gabelle, when Darnay
was walking on the street of Paris he got arrested for being
an enemy of the country. Lucie and her father Dr. Manette
goes to Paris to see if they can be of any help to Darnay.
Darnay is release from prison but the same day he is
re-arrested on charges set forth by the Defrages and one
other unknown person. The next day Darnay sent to trial and
is convicted and sentence to death. Here is when the heroe
comes and with spy contacts finds out in which prison he is
encarcelated, he goes and drugs Darnay, while Darnay was
drug, Carton switches place with Darnay. Lucie, Charles
Darnay and their daughter leaves Paris safely while Sydney
Carton makes his final sacrifice and is taking to the guillotine
in place of Darnay. Summary of the Standard Historical
Source The French Revolution is a cataclysmic political and
social upheaval, extending from 1789 to1799. The revolution
resulted, among other things, in the overthrow of the Bourdon
monarchy in France and in the establishment of the First
Republic. It was generated by a vast complex of causes, the
most important of which were the inability of the ruling classes
of nobility, divine, and bourgeoisie to come to grips with the
problems of the state, the indecisive nature of the monarch,
extortionate taxation of the peasantry. Another cause was the
accession of Louis XVI in 1774 which lasted for a century, the
French government had undergone periodic economic crises,
resulting from the long wars waged during the reign of Louis
XIV. The rebellion continued the challenge of royal decrees
and the mutinous mood of the royal army forced the king to
capitulate. On June 27 he ordered the refractory nobility and
clergy to join the unicameral legislature, which then
designated itself the National Constituent Assembly. Yielding
to pressure from the queen and the d?Artois. At the same time,
Necker, the popular apostle of a regenerated france, was
again dismissed from the government.