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In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens the author writes about the social problems in England and what is known today as the French Revolution The novel is set in 1775 with a comparison of England and France Both countries battle poverty injustice and violence due to the ruling authorities The French people were tired of the social and economic inequalities enforced by the ruling monarchy The aristocracy and clergy lived a life of luxury while people in the Third Estate peasants artisans merchants etc paid most of the taxes and didnt have as many rights Dickens even opens the book with It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishnessDickens1 However England becomes a safe haven for those escaping the violence of the French Revolution A Tale of Two Cities reflects stability of England in the eighteen-fifties Such examples of this idea are stated throughout the book When Lucie Manette finds her father Dr Manette in Paris after his eighteen-year imprisonment in the Bastille she tells him that they will go to England to be at peace and at rest Charles Darnay also refers to England as his refuge Jarvis Lorry complains about the difficulties of communication brought about by the Revolution between the London and Paris branches of Tellsons Bank He explains that the parcels would come and go in England but in France everything is stopped Dr Manette Lucie and Darnay seem unlikely to return to France after their escape to England not only for political reasons but also because they are happy and safe in England Carton even says I see the lives for which I lay down my life peaceful useful prosperous and happy in that England which I shall see no more Dickens 357 On the other hand while England seems to be safe France becomes more and more dangerous as the
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