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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 doesnt 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 Dickenss original audience couldnt get enough of the novels intricate plot filled with suspense and mystery To get the novel this suspense and mystery Dickenss divides his story into episodes allows his characters to be general and uses the theme of doubles The most obviously way that Dickenss creates suspense is through his use of cliffhanger-like episodes I cant exactly call it clever but Dickenss 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 doesnt have the same effect when it only takes half of a second to turn the page and read further Dickens tries to create mystery by having his characters as broad as possible so that readers can make up their own opinions and possibilities Almost all of Dickenss characters are basically good or basically evil We are supposed to care about the good characters but theyre so boring that their goodness loses its charm For example Lucie and Charles Lucie is describes as being basically perfect in every way Shes young wholesome and beautiful of course Theres no such thing as a good woman that wasnt beautiful in fiction Charles is a rich aristocrat and were supposed to believe that hes good and really noble because he didnt want to kill people and he married the other good character Please Do
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