I Left Heaven For This??

I read the following original short story last month in a writing group I attend and thought it would be a good time to highlight it here on the blog. Like “A (Stereo)typical Interviews with Three Millenarians,” it is a satirical piece that gave me a new angle with which to address theological arguments and craft counter-arguments during an informal debate on eschatology I had with a friend over a year ago. Essay is me telling readers “see, this argument doesn’t hold water,” satire is me beckoning readers to exclaim, “this argument doesn’t hold water!”

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A Tale of Two Cities –a summary and analysis

I wrote the following review in June of 2012 when I was 17 years old.




(*contains spoilers*)

I loved A Tale of Two Cities. The themes of resurection and sacrificial love were compelling and strikingly Christian.

Charles Dickens had a gift for capturing characters through dialogue, he’s witty and I love his word pictures. Dickens is not the difficult read that I had expected. He is NOT verbose-HERMAN MELVILLE is verbose. Though Dickens has several long, complex sentences he also has five word sentences. It’s how he combines the two that make his writing so striking. Like a true novelist Dickens is part poet, he gives meaning to small actions and circumstances, and he has a way of drawing your attention to those things by the mere way he says something. Though some characters are stereotypical, this has the effect of shining a beacon on other characters which are complex, really bringing them to life.

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