Essay on A Tale Of Two Cities

1492 Words Jan 8th, 2016 6 Pages
When thinking of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities from an adult standpoint many would think that it is an easy book to read. But when consulting a regular high schooler, contrary to popular belief, they might think that it is an ambitious book with cutting-edge vocabulary. Mainly, because when being realistic not all that many high schoolers read 15 - 20 books a year unless prompted or forced to. Which is why a medium sized portion of high schoolers might think that A Tale of Two Cities might be a demanding read. But, when thinking of the main story of A Tale of Two Cities, some might be persuaded to say that it is an archetype story of sorts. Archetype being, the characters and even the plot. Nowadays, an archetypal story might contain elements such as good vs. evil, death and rebirth, a long journey with a hero, a task, etc. Thus, encouraging people to think that A Tale of Two Cities might just fit the bill. Point being, that A Tale of Two Cities is archetypal in its plot and its characters. A Tale of Two Cities is archetypal in its plot because it amply follows some of the basic archetypal plots such as The Quest and The Tragedy. A Quest-like plot is followed in A Tale of Two Cities because the rising action of the book (Charles Darnay captured by the revolutionaries) deals with a quest given to the protagonist, Charles Darnay. The quest, in this case, being the liberty of an old friend named Gabelle. The quest is given to him through a letter containing the cries…

Related Documents