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A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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Destinies Determined by Decisions What could an honorable, prosperous man and a drunken, depressed man possibly have in common? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a classic novel with a thrilling plot and captivating characters. The book takes place in the year 1775 right in the middle of the French Revolution. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are only two of the main characters that the author uses to further and advance the story. The author gives them each an important role to play which are worthy of further examination. The persons of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, their love for Lucie, and their aspirations, drove their actions and ultimately their destinies. Darnay and Carton were given different characteristics by the…show more content…
On the other hand, Carton continued to live in the mundane and depressed state despite his intelligence and financial success. The author introduced these two characters as extremely different in the beginning, but it was soon observed through different challenges that they were more alike than they realize. The love that both Darnay and Carton had towards Lucie Manette was a thrilling addition to the plot. They both first displayed affection towards her through helping her at different times. The first time Darnay laid eyes on Manette, they were fellow passengers on a sea voyage back to England from France. Upon seeing that her father was weak and tired so Darnay aided her in caring for him. Carton however was a fellow person in the trial of Darnay with Manette. Because Manette and her father were on the ship with Darnay, they were called as witnesses at his trail. Manette cared for Darnay and at one point fainted under the suspense. Carton was watching the room intently and “took in more details of the scene than he appeared to take in; for when Miss Manette’s head dropped upon her father’s breast, he was the first to see it and get her help” (Dickens 83). As time went on, both Darnay and Carton came to visit Manette at her home, ignorant of the other’s actions. Carton, knew he was not worthy of Manette, however one day when they are alone he expressed his heart to her as he had never done before. He said, “I shall never be
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