A Tale of Two CitiesBy: Charles Dickens Introduction To The Novel
The Life of Charles Dickens
Caste System in France
The French Revolution
Important Locations Mentioned
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dickens_Gurney_head.jpg
Was born on February 7th, 1812 His father was sent to the debt house when Dickens was 12 He worked in a shoe polish factory to pay off his father’s debts 1836 - Married his wife Catherine Hogarth Dickens had 10 children but 2 died before him Some of his most famous titles include
Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol
He wrote over 50 published pieces in his lifetime
Time For A Little History Lesson… http://www.neoclipart.com/history-clipart/10078-history-clipart.html
The caste system in France left the people of France poor and starving, while the nobility prospered.
Taxation was very high on all items because France did not trade many goods, and that is how the government earned its money.
The people were also made to pay 1/10 of what they earned to the church.
France had also made an alliance with America, and were helping fund the American Revolution.
French Caste System(Pre-Revolution)
King Louis XVI
Came to power after the death of his father Louis XV in May 1774.
Married Marie Antoinette Archduchess of Austria.
Last King of France, and was executed by guillotine on Jan. 21st 1793.
The Nobility's Life Style Palace at Versailles Marie Antoinette Hall of Mirrors (Versailles)
The French Revolution http://britishreactionstotherevolution.wordpress.com/about/
Main Events The storming of the Bastille and the Great Fear The March of Versailles Rifts in the Assembly The Reign of Terror The beheading of the Royal Family and Nobility A group known as theDirectory was formed
Important Locations Mentioned in the Novel The Bastille The Old Bailey Saint Antoine
Famous Prison-Fortress in Paris
Event: Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution
Old Bailey Courthouse The courthouse located in Central London Dealt with the Major cases of England Located in Crown Court where Lucy Manette lived Where Charles Darnay is charged with Treason Where we are introduced to Sydney Carton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oldbaileylondon-900.jpg
A suburb near Paris
Where the Defarge’s Wine House is located
Read Chapter 1 for tomorrow…we will have a discussion in class.