A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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The French Revolution was a time of civic turmoil in the late 1700s. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens includes historical facts about the chaos arising in parts of Europe, specifically France, while building the complexity of the characters. He creates personality with examples of why individuals surrender certain possessions during this time of troubles. One reason people sacrifice is based on the desire to do the righteous thing for the benefit of others. Throughout the novel, Miss Pross, Dr. Alexander Manette, and Sydney Carton make sacrifices for love. First of all, sacrifice is portrayed through Miss Pross as she relinquishes her safety and innocence for Lucie and her family. As a red-haired servant, Miss Pross is dedicated and loyal in her services to the Manette family. For example, despite her jealousy of the “hundreds” of men who come to visit the young and beautiful Lucie, she distinguishes that “there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart, so rendered and so free from any mercenary taint” (Dickens 72). She also believes so highly of Lucie that she claims her only brother Solomon, who once deprived her of all her belongings, is the only man suitable for her “Ladybird.” But even after Lucie’s marriage to Charles Darnay, the loving Miss Pross agrees and promises to watch over Dr. Manette while the couple is away and dispatch him “in the best health and in the happiest of frame” (148). By doing so, she surrenders time and energy into…
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