S: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
BC: Shelby Russell
FC: A Tale of Two Cities By: Charles Dickens | "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
1: Mrs.Crew 5th Period | November 2, 2101 | Created by: Shelby Russell | Vive la révolution!
2: Charles Dickens lived in 1812 in England. His father spent all of the family's money, sending himself and the rest of his family (except Charles) to the prison, where they would work off their debts. Charles was then raised by a family friend. When he was older, he worked in a factory in order to help pay for his rent and to help his family. The harsh working conditions greatly influenced Dickens's writing.
3: Dickens began reporting legal proceedings in a newspaper, which lead him to writing stories for the London periodical, Monthly Magazine. His first published story was A Dinner at Poplar Walk, which was published in 1833. After a year of traveling, editing journals, and reporting more legal proceedings, his first serialized work began to be published- The Pickwick Papers. Dickens continued to write, producing more novels such as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
4: Paris | London
5: Paris was feeling the strains of a repressive, biased government in 1775. Many people were poor and starving; beggars lined the sides of roads and reached their hands towards those more fortunate. A handful of wealthy aristocrats did everything they could to ignore the poverty while talk of a revolution was beginning to arise in small towns and settlements. | London was also feeling the strain of France's failing monarchy, but the more pressing issue was crime. Thieves and robbers crouched in bushes along roads, stealing from rich aristocrats and the mail carriages. A trip even a mile away was perilous.
6: Charles Darnay; Husband of Lucie Manette, heir to Marquis. | Lucie Manette; Daughter of Alexandre, wife of Charles | Sydney Carton; Lawyer, Savior of Charles Darnay | Alexandre Manette; Father of Lucie, Doctor of Beauvais.
7: People must stand for what they believe in, but remember that standing is not the same as fighting. We shouldn't become consumed with the need for revenge, but stand for nothing more, nor anything less, than the justice and freedom of ourselves and those around us.