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A Tale of Two Cities

One of only two historical novels by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is set during the French Revolution. The main characters travel between the titular cities, London and Paris, both of which are entering into a time of increasing peril. If the novel went no further, it would be a deft exposition of the socio-political pressures in both cities. Yet the themes of sin, death, and resurrection are the more profound motifs of the story. More than mere historical drama, this novel probes the heart of sin, redemption, and the triumph of self-sacrifice foundational to Christianity.


is a retired secondary teacher of English and philosophy. For forty years he challenged students to dive deep into the classics of the Western canon, to think and write analytically, and to find the cultural constants reflected throughout that literature, art, and thought.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #69, Summer 2024 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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