A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

2091 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 9 Pages
France, overflowing with misery from the French Revolution, was a broken state from 1789 to 1799; however, it is in this broken state that Charles Dickens becomes captivated and proceeds to compose one of the most remarkable stories of all time. Not only does Dickens capture the essence of the revolution itself through A Tale of Two Cities, but he also captures the tribulation of the French people. As portrayed in the story, being overcome with misery compels individuals to respond in various ways. The aristocracy chooses to completely disregard the well-being of those below them. The peasants resort to acting in savage ways as a result of their inhumane treatment. However, Darnay, Miss Pross, and Carton are exceptions to this unfortunate cycle, as they realize they must risk their own lives in order to give hope of a better situation. Through sacrifices made by Charles Darnay, Miss Pross, and Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens illustrates that sacrifices, whether done out of a moral responsibility, loyalty, or love, reflect one’s character and their willingness to act upon their morals.
Faced with a life threatening decision, Charles Darnay chooses not to think of himself, but instead he considers his moral duty to act for the greater good of others. By Dickens noting, “his condition was that of a young gentleman,” the reader is introduced to Darnay as a genuine and generous gentleman from the beginning (Dickens 46). Even when Lucie is brought to…
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