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It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the ageof wisdom it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch ofbelief it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope it wasthe winter of despair we had everything before us we hadnothing before us we were all going direct to heaven we wereall going direct the other way - in short the period was so farlike the present period that some of its noisiest authoritiesinsisted on its being received for good or for evil in thesuperlative degree of comparison only --Charles DickensA Tale of Two CitiesEnglish novelist 1812 - 1870As many know this is the opening paragraph to Charles Dickens literary legend A Tale of Two Cities Just by reading the first line one can tell the great amount of contradictionAlthough not having actually read the novel I do know that it takes place during the French Revolution I think one of the things Dickens is trying to prove is how crazy the world was at the time There were all different kinds of people rich and poor smart and foolish believers and non-believers I think that he is trying to convey the craziness of the world through his point of viewAnother way in which the first paragraph can be depicted is like this Many authors hide what they are trying to say within the words of the book They make you look for it almost like a puzzle piecing together the words and their meaning exercising your mind as you go But Dickens is another story I dont think that he is trying to make us read in between the lines I dont think he wants the readers to look for it I think he wants us to pick up his book and understand what he is trying to day
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