Vocabulary in A Tale of Two Cities

Vocabulary in A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities Lesson Plans

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

A Tale of Two Cities strays from the typical Dickensian format, in that the silly names and humor are pushed aside to focus on a more serious analysis of one of the most tumultuous periods in world history. However, Charles Dickens does maintain his social critique of the European world, much like his other popular novels. In a world where the nobility gleefully runs over children in horse carriages, badgers innocent commoners on the streets, and holds onto a system of privilege to the detriment of the country’s economic health, the French Revolution provides Dickens with the perfect setting to analyze the limits of justice and what happens when a ruling class continues to suppress the will of the people. In doing so, Dickens explores important themes such as the destructive nature of revenge, revolution, the importance of sacrifice, and resurrection.

A Tale of Two Cities

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  • Come visit the zoo!
  • (adj.) trustworthy; unable to be questioned or doubted
  • (n.) a collection of wild animals used for exhibits
  • (n.) the nobleman rank below a count
  • (adj.) wild merriness or revelry, usually accompanied by heavy alcohol intake
  • (v.) to think deeply; to reflect carefully
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