A Tale of Two Cities Archetype List

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Characters
Charles Darnay- Charles Darnay is the hero archetype throughout the story. He continually does the right thing and he has very noble actions. He refuses his family name because he believes they are cruel and is willing to do anything to help rescue people in need. "This property and France are lost to me. I renounce them." (Dickens, 116) Charles is ashamed of his family’s actions and refuses to be a part of that family because of it. This shows his hero quality in that he stands against evil.
Lucie Manette- Lucie is seen as the nurturer archetype in the story. She has very compassionate and innocent actions. "No, Mr. Carton. I am sure that the best part of it might still be; I am sure that you might be much, much worthier of
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Lightness-Darkness- Lightness and darkness are both used in the story to symbolize the good and evil in characters. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. . . ." (Dickens, 1) Lightness refers to good people, like Lucie. Darkness refers to the evil in people like in Madame Defarge. Darkness represents things like the captivity of doctor Manette. Water-Desert- The water-desert archetype is best represented by Carton. As an alcoholic, he sometimes feels as if he’s drowning in his own failure. But can also feel like a desert, because there is no clear life path that he can see. “As the boat so favoured is usually in a rough plight and mostly under water, so, Sydney had a swamped life of it. But, easy and strong custom, unhappily so much easier and stronger in him than any stimulating sense of desert or disgrace…” (Dickens, 201)
Heights-Depths- Heights and depths best represent the different sides of the characters. There good sides and there bad, and what sides they keep from people. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every

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