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Book Evaluation Setting A Tale of Two Cities is written by Charles Dickens and it takes place in France and England beginning in 1775 Its told in third person until the end when Sydney Carton overtakes the narrator and talks in first person for the last few paragraphs of the novel Protagonist Charles Darnay is a young French aristocrat by birth but he chooses to live in England because he hates the French social system He is virtuous in his rejection of the cruel values of his family and refuses to be a part of it This is why he chooses the name Darnay instead of his real name Evremonde which is his familys name He is motivated by love from Lucie Manette Antagonist Ernest Defarge and his wife Madame Defarge are key leaders and officials of the revolution Madame Defarge is the major antagonist with an unforgiving eye who seeks revenge on the Evremonde family for killing her family She is stubborn and vengeful in her scheme to kill all heirs of the Evremonde family including Charles and the Manettes Her hatred for the aristocrats and their treatment of the poor people of France turns her into a blood thirsty tigress She constantly knits names into shrouds that will be the victims of the revolution 3 important characters Sydney Carton is an alcoholic attorney He has no real goals and regards himself as useless His only love is Lucie His love eventually transforms his identity into a man of profound merit He looks very similar to Charles Darnay which helps him complete his transformation Doctor Manette is Lucies father and a master physician who was imprisoned for eighteen years in Bastille As he overcomes his past as a prisoner he shows himself to be a loyal loving father who wants nothing more than his daughter to be happy Lucie Manette is a young French woman but she grew up in England because it was
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