Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

Ding-yuan LIU, Xiao-hua HOU


A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens’ most important masterpieces and is one of the famous novels taking the French Revolution as its background in British literature. Dickens’ works always convey his deep sympathy for the plebeian and pitilessly reveal the social vices. With A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens asserts his belief in the possibility of resurrection and transformations both on a personal level and a society level. This article, in accordance with the plot of the story and the characters’ personalities as well as the relation between the characters, analyses the specific embodiment of “resurrection” in three main characters with details. By this, the author points out that resurrection is a powerful theme which is applicable outside of the novel’s setting but can be read between the lines.
Key Words: Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Resurrection, Rebirth
Résumé: “Un conte de deux villes” est un des plus importants chefs-d’oeuvre de Dicken , un des contes les plus connus de la littérature anglaise sous le contexte de la Révolution française . Les oeuvres de Dicken montre toujours sa sympathie pour de simples gens , et révèlent sans merci les vices sociaux . Avec “ Un conte de deux villes ” , Charles Dickens affirme sa croyance à la possibilité de la résurrection et de la transformation non seulement au niveau personnel mais aussi au niveau social . Ce texte , en concordance avec l’intrigue de l’histoire , les caractères des personages , ainsi que la relation entre les personnages , analyse de façon détaillée l’incarnation spécifique de “Résurrection ” dans les trois héros principaux . A travers cela , l’auteur affirme que “Résurrection ” est un thème puissant qui est applicable en dehors du contexte du conte , et peut être lu entre les lignes .
Mots clés: Charles Dickens, “Un conte de deux villes”, Résurrection, renaissance

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