Curiously, one of the aspects readers most commonly overlook when studying A Tale of Two Cities
is the centrality of women in the story. The characters around whom the action revolves in both London and Paris are women: Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge. Additionally, Dickens uses women throughout the book to represent the moral climate of a group or family.
Although Dickens may not develop his female characters as fully as he does some of the male characters in A Tale of Two Cities
, nevertheless, the women provide the men in the novel with an emotional foundation that causes the men to act for or react against what the women represent.