A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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In Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a complex plot and pure literary genius is manifest through many different themes and characters. Throughout the text, many different people come into the story, many to reappear in a central role later on. One of these characters is Sydney Carton. The Sydney Carton at the beginning of the story is very different from the character that appears on the closing pages. The transformation of Mr. Carton throughout this novel is very notable, as he changes from a drunken, “unpromising” man to a loyal hero. The transformation of Sydney Carton is the result of two key factors, the impact of positive relationship, and the impact of love. Sydney Carton first makes his appearance in this tale at the trial of Charles Darnay, the mysterious Frenchman. He is there as an assistant to Mr. Stryver, Darnay´s lawyer. Although he appears to be no help to Darnay 's cause, he actually saves his life by making a claim that it would be difficult to pinpoint Darnay as the culprit when he himself looks very similar to Charles. In spite of the fact that he saves Darnay from prison or even death, Carton’s intentions are not for Charles’ well being. As Carton says later, “I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me” (63). He says this at a pub with Darnay, after the trial. Carton had brought him there, and began to drink heavily, while asking Darnay questions. By the end of the night this carelessness manifests itself when Carton becomes a
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