The Roles of French and English Characters in Dickens's Representation of the French Revolution; ‘A Tale of Two Cities’


  • Jwan Adil Mohammed Department of English, College of Education, University of Garmian, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq



The novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” is the portrayal of dilemma of peasantry of France demoralised by the aristocracy of France in the year led to the revolution. The novel spotlights the unjust French culture against the fair English system that transforms the life of all characters (some belonging to England and others having their origin in France). The novel borrows the idea of French revolution to support the story.

This paper consists of three sections; the first section is the core that holds critical analysis, arguments and assessments of the characters and their roles such as Charles Darnay, Dr. Alexandre Manette and some others. Next the paper presents the relations among the characters; how the characters tie together through the events that launch in the story. This section spots the themes that can be drawn out of the whole plot and the significance of characters can be drawn from there – tying characters into commonalities and meaningfully assigning the weight that Dickens has intended to grant each character with. In addition, the last section will shed light on the critical analysis of Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” with Rousseau. Finally, the paper ends with a brief conclusion and a list of references.


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