Doubles, unanticipated similarities, and duality—the concept of two opposing principles, one of which is good and the other evil—wind though A Tale of Two Cities. From the opening sentence (“…best…worst…wisdom…foolishness…Light…Darkness…” ) to the uncanny physical similarity of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, there are stated and implicit contrasts and comparisons contributing to the overall tension and complexity of the plot.

Directions: You will be assigned one of the following “doubles” to track throughout the rest of the novel. You will track the similarities and contrasts of this set of “doubles” by adding your observations and quotes to the wiki page set up for your double. You must contribute at least 5 comparisions, 3 of which must include quotes and pages, to the running list. Be sure to read the comparisions your classmates have already made - no credit for "doubles" (in other words, your contribution must be new and original).

Click on the links below and edit the page to add to your list!

Doubles Topics
1. Setting: Paris and London
2. Character: Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge
3. Character: Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton
4. Theme: Death and Resurrection
5. Theme: Suffering and Revenge
6. Theme: Secrets and Revelations
7. Theme: Light and Darkness


As you read, record observations, quotes, and descriptions that point out the contrasts or similarities between your two topics. Use the example below as a guide.



Marquis Evremonde
Despises peasants
"I would ride over you very willingly and exterminate you
from the earth" (113)

Thinks of his position
"I will preserve the honor and repose of the family if you
will not" (145).
Madame DeFarge
Despises aristrocrats
"Show me the neck of an aristrocrat and tyrant" (209).


Thinks of revenge
"Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule" (208).