A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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Imagine an ordinary individual who once lived a painstaking life with little to no interest in his existence, yet was able to reach a point of change when drastic situations occurred. Even ordinary humans are capable of changing others as a person. Sydney Carton, one of the main protagonists from the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, is written as a tragic hero and protagonist whose good intentions often went to waste as he centered himself in his thoughts and constantly believed that his life was a disappointment. Carton is perceived to be the lonely and bitter type, but has significant qualities that make him a selfless and devoted man. His consideration and regard towards his rival, Charles Darnay, tragically led to his death as Carton sacrificed himself to save Darnay and his love interest, Lucie Manette, who had married Darnay previously. He follows Campbell 's Hero Journey as he ventured onto a journey he struggled with and went through a stage of rebirth, which becomes known in the belly of the whale. Going through the stages of separation, initiation, and return, based on Campbell 's standard path of a hero 's adventure, his thoughts and actions prove how his character fits into the path of a tragic hero. Sydney Carton was introduced as an young, intelligent lawyer with an alcoholic problem and found his life to be worthless. In the beginning of the novel, Carton displayed little to no interest in his life and instead, described his melancholy to…
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