The Relationship of Scenes in a Tale of Two Cities

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In Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, many scenes are deciphered towards the end of the novel. He uses the literary device of foreshadowing to help relate different scenes to each other. Book Two of the novel portrays this aspect; many scenes in this section have relation to the last scene. Two scenes in particular that lead to the culmination of the novel, are Carton professing his love for Lucie, and Darnay getting acquitted. Later events in the novel relate back to Book Two. One scene where this is exemplified is when Carton professes his love for Lucie. He cares for her very much and tells her “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything “ (151). The reader does not yet know how sincere Carton really is. However, the relationship of this scene to the end of the novel becomes apparent as Carton gives the ultimate sacrifice of his life, for the happiness of Lucie. Other scenes in Book Two also relate to the end of the novel. Darnay being acquitted is an example of this. The realization of how similar Carton and Darnay look is made known in this scene. He “…lay aside his wig, and giving no very gracious consent, the likeliness became much more remarkable” (74). The revelation of their similar features allows Darnay to be acquitted. This relates to the end of the novel when they are able to switch places at the guillotine due to the same reason. Many events in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities are related. Dickens incorporates specific scenes towards the beginning of the novel that later have a deeper meaning. This is especially apparent between Book Two and the last scene. Darnay professing his love for Lucie turns into him dying for her. Darnay getting acquitted, due to his similar looks to Carton, turns into being saved from the guillotine. He incorporates these particular scenes to ultimately lead to the culmination of the entire
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