A Tale of Two Cities Author:Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is rich in the detail and atmosphere of the great conflagration though Dickens had not seen the French Revolution with his own eyes. — He had seen it, however, very clearly in his imagination, not only as a great event in the life of a state, but also as one that touched very closely the personal lives of individual men and w... more »omen. For Dickens was always more concerned with people than with nations, with personal joy and sorrow than with national triumph or tragedy. Thus, while he calls his story a tale "of two cities", his title is not to be construed as a tale about the two cities, Paris and London, in any general or impersonal sense. It is only about them so far as they provide the alternating settings for the human drama that is played out there.
Dickens' tale is rather about two men and those they love, and the fearful conflict not of their own making in which they are caught up and from which they cannot escape. Thus the theme also is dual: love and death, love that flourishes on the very edge of an abyss, death which is the only way to its ultimate redemption.« less