A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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“Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away” (Dickens 92). A Tale of Two Cities, a novel by Charles Dickens, describes the “imprisonment of the whole French people within the walls of an unyielding social system.” During the time before the French Revolution, a person’s fate was determined by the family into which someone was born. No matter how hard someone worked to rise above this social status, it was impossible to overcome this fate. Many were weary of this mistreatment of the poor and decided to turn to rebellions to break the separation between the wealthy and the poor. The characters in this novel are analogous to the French people in that they are ensnared by love and hatred, mental instability, and the unfortunate events that lead up to their imprisonment. Nonetheless, Dickens’ allows them to be unchained by embracing their past and fate to further determine their “key to release.” Affection, whether good or bad, makes the story and leaves a great impact on the major characters. Sydney Carton, one of the major characters in the novel, is a meticulous and lonesome man who just wants to be loved by someone. Carton becomes aware of his undeniable love for Lucie Manette and knows that she could never love a man like him yet, he still professes
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