Chapter Titles Exploration

Chapter Titles Exploration

Archetypes Quick Write


The titles of Chapters 11 and 12 suggest the coming of night or darkness—“Dusk” and “Darkness.” The image of the sun going down pairs with the idea of the sun coming up—as one day ends, another begins.

As you may remember from the opening chapters of the novel, Dickens has given us a number of images of death and rebirth. In these chapters, Lucie faints, and Carton says, “Don’t recall her to herself.”

Listen as your teacher defines the term archetype , then complete a Quick Write about the following.

  • How do Carton’s words intentionally echo the code that Jerry delivers?

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Death and Rebirth in the Novel

Work Time

Join a partner as directed and do the following.

  • Building on the ideas from the previous task, brainstorm with your partner to make a list of as many of the death and birth images/symbols in the novel as you can think of.

Open Notebook

Share with your class the death and birth images and symbols you have found.

Darkness Quick Write

Work Time

Of course, the chapter title “Darkness” can also refer to the anger of Madame Defarge.

Listen and read along as your teacher reads the passage about Madame Defarge, then complete a Quick Write about the following.

  • Do you have sympathy for Madame Defarge now?
  • Do you think revenge is ever justified?

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What and Who Is a Villain?


Think about characteristics that make a great villain. Is it just their evil qualities, or is there something more that make villains interesting?

This novel seems to have several possible villains. With that in mind, join a group as directed and do the following.

  • Discuss further with your group the idea of a great villain.
  • Then, using references to the text to support your opinion, explain which of the following would be considered the best example of a villain.
    • The older Evrémonde (Darnay’s father)
    • The younger Evrémonde (Darnay’s uncle, whom we met at the start of the novel)
    • Madame Defarge

Book III, Chapters 13 and 14


  • Read Book III, Chapters 13 and 14 of A Tale of Two Cities and annotate for key ideas, personal reactions, questions, and vocabulary.
  • Read the assignment, Responding to A Tale of Two Cities. In preparation for the written reflection you will write after completing the novel, as directed, begin to look for resources that you need for that writing.