Discussion questions – A Tale of Two Cities: Does the plot’s reliance

Does the plot’s reliance on fate and coincidence–including the resemblance of Carton to Darnay, the discovery of Dr. Manette’s document, and the double recognition of Solomon Pross a.k.a. John Barsad by Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher–make the story less believable or less powerful?

How does Dickens reconcile his distaste for the Revolution with his identity as a social crusader? Does he believe in the people’s right to revolt under an oppressive government?


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