“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” Starting the novel out with a good quote really sparks the reader’s interest. This quote is very good as it relates to our society very well. Charles Dickens wanted to get the reader’s attention by starting “A Tale of Two Cities” with this famous quote. Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in England. Charles had a rough life growing up and wrote about the struggles of France during the French Revolution in his book “A Tale of Two Cities.” He wrote other very good novels including: “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol”, “David Copperfield”, and “Great Expectations.” He was a very influential 19th century author. He died on June 9, 1870 and was buried at Westminster Abbey. He left behind a great novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” Charles Dickens is really comparing and contrasting two situations and environments in this opening line and throughout the whole novel. There was hope, but there was also despair. Paris was in the middle of the French Revolution during the novel and London seemed to be a safe place. The upper-class was cruel to the lower-class in the beginning of the novel, but that sort of flip flopped in the end of the novel. In France, the revolutionists really wanted to get rid of the royals and all of their families. France was a really dark and evil place to be living opposed to London which was full of light and good. “For the sake of her child and her father, press upon her the necessity of leaving Paris, with them and you, at that hour”(338). “Wait for nothing but to have my place occupied, and then for England”(338). As you can see, it was not safe in Paris and many people wanted to get to England where it was safe. Not only was Dickens comparing two different countries, he was also comparing different people. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are both men who are in love with the same woman. Sydney Carton changes a lot throughout the novel and even ends up sacrificing his own life for the love of his life. He was also comparing Madame Defarge and Lucie Manette. Madame Defarge was a lady who seemed like a nice, quiet lady. She however ends up leading the Revolution and executing many innocent people. Lucie Manette is the good being compared to Madame Defarge the evil. The quote used at the beginning can also be compared to today’s lifestyle. There is still war going on today between many different countries. There is also a lot of evil things that happen, but there are also some good things that happen. There have been many different shootings and terroristic events that have happened recently, but the world stands together and good things still happen. Some countries are very rich today and some countries are very poor. There is still an upper-class and a lower-class. The quote can be very comparable to today’s society and will most likely always be very comparable. Charles Dickens famous quote is very accurate on how the world has always been. “A Tale of Two Cities” is a very good novel and explains how things were and still are. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is one of the most famous quotes of all time and explains the world very well.