Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities
A summary and analysis of Charles Dickens’ novel `A Tale of Two Cities`.
This paper presents a very complete and concise summary of Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities”. The paper provides a paragraph on each of the twenty four chapters and discusses all major plot points and character analyses. The paper also includes a look at the rationale behind the titles of these chapters.
This second chapter contains the trial of Charles Darnay, who appears in court facing the accusation of treason against England. If convicted, he will face the sentence of quartering, which is torture followed by being sliced into fourths. The trial, and the harsh sentence that accompanies it, draws a large mass of eager men and women to the courthouse. When Darnay is first brought in, Everybody present, except the one wigged gentlemen who looked at the ceiling, stared at him. All the human breath in the place rolled at him, like a sea, or a wind, or a fire. Eager faces strained round pillars and corners, to get a sight of him; spectators in back rows stood up, not to miss a hair of him; people on the floor of the court laid their hands on the shoulders of the people before them, to help themselves, at anybody’s cost, to a view of him . . .` (70). Those who attend this trial come to see a spectacle. Dickens gives the chapter the name `A Sight,` because from the perspective of the crowd, the man on trial for treason with an almost definite chance of being convicted and horrendously killed, is definitely a sight.`