A Tale of Two Cities Study Guide

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities is a frank look at the conditions in which peasants lived in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It chronicles the deplorable squalor in which many peasants lived, as well as the violence inflicted on France's aristocracy when tensions finally boiled over in the Revolution. The story constructs deliberate parallels between the two cities and their treatment of their lower and working classes.