A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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Sacrifice Rough Draft Charles Dickens utilizes themes in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, to enrich the plot and intensify the meaning of the text to the reader. Dickens wrote the novel sixty years after the French Revolution; however, he compared his present time period to that of the past using universal themes and motifs. Even though Dickens uses many themes, one of the most important and most frequent themes is that of sacrifice. In fact, most of Dickens characters make sacrifices in the name of love. Dickens exemplifies the theme of sacrifice in the name of love with the sacrifices of several characters including: Doctor Manette, Miss Pross, and Sydney Carton. Because of his love for Lucie, Dr. Manette gives her to Darnay and sacrifices his mental sanity. Through out A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie’s character as the golden thread is developed. Not only is she the golden thread that links the characters of the plot together, but she also links Dr. Manette to his sanity. The novel conveys his mental, physical, and emotional recovery from his eighteen-year occupancy in prison, and Lucie helps him with this recovery. Dr. Manette and Lucie share a powerful and special love. Darnay states, “Between you and Miss Manette, there is affection so unusual, so touching, so belonging, to the circumstances in which it has nurtured, that it can have few parallels, even in the tenderness between and father and child” (102). However, this bond they share is threatened when Charles…
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