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…show more content…
Carton points out to Darnay that they are not particularly alike as he is an idle drunk man, but they both love the same person, Lucie Manette. Loving the same person initiates an aggressive tension between the two men as when he looked at, “...his companion full in the face while he drank the toast, Carton flung his glass over his shoulder against the wall… ‘That’s a fair young lady to be pitied by and wept for by! How does it feel?’” (Dickens 86). The hostility behavior of Carton depicts the foils of the two characters as Carton is an alcoholic while Darnay is a polite man. In comparison, both characters are fawned by Lucie Manette, but show different actions to one another in regards to her. Darnay does not reply to Carton’s jealousy of him, but rather ignores his comment and talks chivalric to both him and Lucie Manette. Thus, the love for Lucie Manette connects Carton and Darnay together as both discuss high regards of her. Love brings the best and worst out in society. Love can also have the power for others to see their faults they need to change in order to receive the love. Similarly, this mutual feeling for Lucie Manette drives Carton to try to change himself for the better for Lucie. Darnay’s character represents what Carton could be, therefore it serves as an important foil. Furthermore, Carton starts to self destruct himself as he starts analyzing the foils between him and Darnay. He reflects on
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