A Tale of Two Cities Analysis

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Works of Historical Fiction as Study Aids Textbooks are seen as one of the biggest controversies when used in schools across the world. One could argue that textbooks offer an copious amount of information, much of which cannot be taught in a classroom in a single school year, while others could argue that textbooks offer too much information at once and could potentially overwhelm even the most diligent student, and they are often hard to get through. Any such person that would favor the latter argument might be in favor of using works of historical fiction, such as novels and biographies, to aid in the learning process. Using these tools, they could offer students a way to view the time period they are learning about in a different way and also make the subject matter more relatable through characters while also having historical events as a back drop. Historical Fiction, Novels and biographies, such as A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, can be used to make history more enjoyable and relatable to students in modern times. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a prime example of literature that can be used to aid students in learning about history. Though it was written in 1859, almost 100 years after the book takes place, it had a series of relatable characters, all of whom were affected by the tension in the cities of Paris and London in the years leading up to the French Revolution. The book begins by demonstrating how impoverished the citizens were, as shown through the scene in which a bottle of wine is broken in the street and all of the citizens “within reach had suspended their business to run to the spot and drink the wine…” (Dickens 31). Later on, it is shown through the Monseigneur of Marquis how the wealthy aristocratic class lived and how they interacted with the common people. The Monseigneur showed no remorse after his carriage struck…...

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