A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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As described by Charles Dickens through his novel A Tale of Two Cities, he states, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. (1) The novel, set in 1775 is in the midst of the French Revolution, a time that was embodied by dualities. Love and hate. Misery and happiness. Light and darkness. Hope and despair. The novel utilizes devices such as juxtaposition and repetition to help add meaning to the novel. One such example can be found in the last passage of the novel. With the use of imagery and repetition found in the final passage of the novel, the sacrificial death of Sydney Carton serves to reveal Sydney Carton and the nation of Paris as a symbol of redemption and` resurrection. In the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Sydney Carton was portrayed as a character whose life had no meaning. He believes that he will never be able rise into a better life, but by being willing to sacrifice himself the life that he wasted helps push and create a life for those whom he sacrificed himself for. As the novel progresses however, little by little, Sydney Carton gains more meaning to his life and gains ownership over his life. In the final passage of the novel, Carton sacrifices his life which saved the life of Charles Darnay, a man who appeared as his opposite, everything that Carton wasn’t and everything Carton wished he could’ve been. The literal meaning of the final passage of the novel is that those are words that Carton may have written if he had the…
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