Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cites, is a very rich text. The
characters, plot, and writing style are all complex and multifaceted.
However, one of the least studied and important part of this novel is
the chapter titles and even the proposed novel titles. These titles
reveal and expose more about the text, like symbolism and irony that
would have otherwise been missed. Dickens' chapter and proposed novel
titles are instrumental in revealing symbolism and irony in the book.
it can be explained that this novel is set in and is about London and
France during 1775, the time of the American Revolution. The title, not
directly stating the names of the two cities corresponds with the
indirect tone that Dickens sets in the introduction of the novel. This
helps create a sense of the past, since this novel was written 67 years
after the historical events it is based on. The title, in a way,
reminds the reader that the novel is, in fact, a tale or story, and not a
non-fiction historical account. A historically based fictional tale is
a great medium for communicating the themes and lessons of the time
period and history it is based upon.