Do such coincidences detract from the general quality of the novel or do they add to it?
I wrote one on A Tale of Two Cities about a month ago, but my dad has asked that all of my papers this year and next be literary analysis, so it makes what I can do with them a good deal harder. ----- “The venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals.” - Samuel Davies Clare, this was really great to read!
I really wanted to do something with the resurrection theme like you did, and although I couldn't do that, I did incorporate the theme of self-sacrifice in my conclusion. ----- “The venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals.” - Samuel Davies Thank you!! Our reading guide (Cliff's Notes) on A Tale of Two Cities gave a list of topics for critical essays, and I picked the resurrection theme almost immediately. As a complete fan of A Tale of Two Cities, I really appreciated hearing your analysis of the story.
Dickens drives the plot of the novel by making use of coincidence on multiple occasions.
Crowded places are the scene of discovery of long-lost brothers and important letters are found by chance.
Carton himself believes he will never rise to a new life.
Yet, through his willingness to face death, he raises himself to something greater.
Her love and patience, and simply the realization that she is his daughter, brings Manette back to sanity and health; in a sense, back to life.
Alexandre Manette is not, however, the only person whose life Lucie touches.
Charles Darnay also is influenced, to the point of asking Lucie to marry him—and bring new life into the world.
Lucie accepts, and thus forms a family tie that will prove essential when Darnay becomes imprisoned in later years.