Dickens’s Biography

A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter 1


As you listen to the rest of the chapter read aloud, continue to annotate the text. Then consider the following questions and discuss them with the rest of the class.

  • What is Dickens’s tone in this opening chapter?
  • What are the troubles he describes in England and France?
  • In what sense is Fate “a Woodman” and Death “a Farmer”? What is the effect of those personifications on the tone of the text?
  • How does he foreshadow the coming revolution?