Literary Devices in A Tale of Two Cities

Literary Devices Examples in A Tale of Two Cities:

Book the First: Recalled to Life - Chapter I 1

"IT WAS THE BEST of times, it was the worst of times..."   (Book the First: Recalled to Life - Chapter I)

This sentence is an example of both anaphora and antithesis. Anaphora involves repeating a phrase at the beginning of successive clauses for rhetorical effect. Antithesis features the juxtaposition of opposite ideas (“it was the best… it was the worst…”) in a balanced or parallel construction.

"damp..."   (Book the First: Recalled to Life - Chapter IV)

Dickens often uses sensory imagery, such as his description of the mildewy, rank coach with its “damp and dirty straw,” to comment on the deplorable living conditions in England at the time. Dickens’s imagery highlights the major drawbacks of both the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, which began in England in the mid-18th century.