A Tale Of Two Cities

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A Tale Of Two Cities


Throughout the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens creates suspense and mystery to
try to keep his readers interested. This technique might have worked for 19th century
people with nothing better to read, but it doesn't stack up nowadays. You can paint this
anyway you want but what it all comes down to is that no 20th century person with any kind
of attention span wants to read a 400 page book with one dimensional characters and an
unbelievable storyline. But, Dickens's original audience couldn't get enough of the
novel's intricate plot filled with suspense and mystery. To get the novel this suspense
and mystery, Dickens's divides his story into episodes, allows his characters to be
general, and uses the theme of doubles.



The most obviously way that Dickens's creates suspense is through his use of
cliffhanger-like episodes. I can't exactly call it clever, but Dickens's ends a chapter
with unanswered questions and loose ends. This little scheme might work for television
shows in which the viewer has a whole week between episodes to think about possible
outcomes, but it doesn't have the same effect when it only takes half of a second to turn
the page and read further.


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