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Dickens' twelfth novel was published in his new weekly journal,All the Year Round, without illustrations. Simultaneously with the weekly parts, the novel was also published in monthly parts with illustrations by Hablot Browne. An American edition was also published, in slightly later weekly parts (May to December 1859), inHarper's Weekly.The novel, which begins "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times", is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Dickens researched the historical background meticulously, using his friendThomas Carlyle’s History of the French Revolutionas a reference.

Major themes

Major Themes

  • Resurrection

  • Class Struggle

  • Sacrifice

Major characters

Major Characters

Doctor Manette

Character Traits

  • Honest

  • Sincere

  • Sensitive

  • Brave

  • Selfless

Lucie manette the doctor s daughter

Lucie Manette(The doctor’s daughter)

Character Traits

  • Extremely caring and devoted

  • Someone who believed in her inner goodness to the extent of penetrating it to anyone else

  • Brave enough to face any trouble without shattering

Charles darnay

Charles Darnay

Character Traits

  • Loved justice

  • Hated oppression

  • Hard working

  • Sincere

Sydney carton

Sydney Carton

Character Traits

  • Cynical

  • Sincere

  • Unassuming

  • Helpful

Jarvis lorry

Jarvis Lorry

Character Trait

  • A man of bussiness

  • Extremely loyal to everyone he was associated with

  • Firm with rules

Miss pross

Miss Pross

Character Traits

  • Emotional

  • Loyal

  • Strong headed

  • Devoted

Emphasis on religion in novel

Emphasis on religion in novel

  • There is a special stress on religion in the novel

  • All the major characters are more or less religious people

  • Believe in the hereafter is very much stressed too

Good versus evil


The perseverance of values against all odds

Believe in God and the ultimate retribution

The strength to resist tyranny and stand against it


The oppression by the ruling class

The unflinching desire to take revenge

The boldness in doing crimes

Good versus Evil

Sequence of events

Sequence of Events

  • Doctor Manette’s is imprisoned

  • Charles Darnay’s case in England

  • Charles and Lucie get wedded

  • Foulon is executed

  • The fall of Bastille

  • Mr Defarge searches Doctor Manette’s cell

  • Gabelle’s arrested


The Fall of Bastille


  • Charles Darnay arrives in Paris

  • Doctor Manette’s makes efforts to release Darnay

  • Charles is arrested again

  • Doctor Manette loses his mind again

  • Sydney Carton’s arrives in Paris

  • Miss Pross encounters John Solomon (her brother)

  • Sydney Carton talks to Solomon

  • Sydney Carton takes Charles place at the guillotine

  • Sydney Carton dies

  • Charles Darnay reaches England safely!


The Guillotine

Faith vindicates

Faith Vindicates

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known”

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