Discussion questions – A Tale of Two Cities: How sympathetic is Dickens towards
How sympathetic is Dickens towards the French Revolution? Which details illustrate his revulsion or attraction to the movement?
Compare the adherence to traditional gender roles by Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge. Is Dickens constrained by literary or social conventions, for example by making a manly woman the villain and a feminine woman the sentimental heroine
How does religion colour the attitudes of the characters in this novel? Compare Sydney Carton to Lucie Manette, or Jerry Cruncher to the Defarges.