Dickens’s Biography

A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter 1

Closing

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?