In the book, A Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens, the book compared two cities. London and Paris. The story is mainly about the French Revolution, and how it has similar stories to London, a city who did not have any. Continuing from the previous post, most of the predictions made from the beginning was correct. Two cities were compared as the same, with same settings, and similar background given. From this moment, symbolism in the book started to reach out to the surface. Personally, giving goosebumps.
In the book, there were setting with same features. Named Tellson’s Bank, it existed both in London and Paris. Tellson’s Bank is presented as “normal” in the book. However, it has deeper meaning than just “normal.” Before the revolution, it connected characters in the book. Such as Dr. Manette and his family. During the revolution, Tellson’s Bank was the only place where the Jacques did not attack during the revolution. With this setting, transition could be made along with dualism.
The book also had a part where Madame Defarge knitted names that she was planning to kill. In this part, she had the most power, in fact, leading the revolutionary group. Her knitting symbolise Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. They controls the life of humans by using lines. Clotho would spin the “thread”, Lachesis would control the length, and Atropos would cut the “thread”.
As the book “A Tale of Two Cities include many duality, doubles, and symbolism, this book gives foreshadowing and twists. Sometimes family member or friends sacrifice for the benefit of other, including blood and the enrollment of the guillotine.