A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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The famous paradoxical line throughout history, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” captures the essence of the French Revolution. Charles Dickens, the Victorian age author of A Tale of Two Cities vividly captures the fright and upheaval of the Pre-Revolution time period. By evoking the French Revolution, love is evident throughout all characters in the novel. Love eclipses tyranny, poverty, and all other problems that sansculottes in the novel face as love cannot be taken away. Lucie Manette, acts as the golden thread to connect all the characters together with love. In this Pre-Revolutionary period, love is the blinding force that drives all people in the novel. Consequently, the chapter Congratulatory, in A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, evidently displays the overarching theme of how love connects all through the use of foils between Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, and the use of motif with the golden thread of Lucie Manette connecting all people together through love.

The foils between Carton and Darnay do not only present differences in their characters, but displays how Lucie Manette connects them together with love, contributing to the theme of how love connects all. Sydney Carton, a man of indolence, and alcoholic manners, contrasts to Charles Darnay, a man of honor, and chivalrous manners. However, Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay both present benevolent manners to Lucie Manette. Carton realizes who his character is in…
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